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What Kills Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor: I googled for the white spots on my skin and they look exactly like tinea versicolor. How can I kill it?
Selsun blue: You may try selsun blue shampoo. Lather every day in the shower for 5 minutes then rinse off. This is your soap, do not use any other soap. If this doesn't work then you may need to see your dermatologist for a stronger shampoo or an oral pill. ...Read more
Definitely not: Tinea versicolor is a completely benign overgrowth of a yeast on your body. When the yeast overgrows, it causes a patchy discoloration of the skin that can be various colors (hence 'versicolor'). Affected skin does not tan well, but the rash itself is not dangerous. You can use over the counter Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo applied daily to kill the yeast, although recurrence is common. ...Read more
Will rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide help kill tinea versicolor? Since they are used to prevent infections of any kind? Used and burns were tinea
A fungal infection: Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause scaling and color changes. It commonly occurs on the chest, shoulders and upper back. The fungus that causes it can be found in many places, including the sweat someone leaves behind on a weight room bench. That is a reason why you may be asked to wipe down equipment after using it. ...Read more
Pityrosporum ovale: Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by pityrosporum ovale. It usually presents as dark reddish-brown patches on the skin of the back, upper arms, axilla, chest, and neck. The patches sometimes appear lighter than the surrounding skin because they do not tan with sun exposure. Treatment is often with topical antifungals (e.g. Ketoconazole). ...Read more
Several choices: If you're not adverse to taking a safe medication... the physicians I've known who've had this very common skin problem take a big ketoconazole tablet and then go work out to build up a sweat. Doing this once a month usually keeps tinea versicolor under control. Topical ketoconazole, or a selenium sulfide shampoo, are among your many other options. ...Read more
Fungal skin problem: Tinea versicolor if a fungal skin infection, usually on the back, chest, abdomen, and neck. Selsun blue shampoo, containing selenium, can help. A person can put Selsun Blue on the rash areas, wait 10-15 minutes, and then take his regular shower. If he does this once a day for 3 days, then once a week for 3 weeks, and then once a month, it should work. Skin color takes many months to even out. ...Read more
Topical treatment: I would recommend topical therapy first, such as selenium sulfide lotion (prescription.) while there are pills available that have an indication to treat fungal skin infections (ketoconazole, itraconazole are examples) there are significant risks associated with them, such as liver toxicity. ...Read more
Antifungals: Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast living on the skin. Typically, it can be treated topically with over the counter medications such as selenium sulfide, miconazole, clotrimazole. Severe cases may require the addition of oral antifungal medications, requiring a prescription. ...Read more
Yes: Looking bad. It's your business. This is EXTREMELY easy to treat and you have many options. It's not going to kill you, but ignoring it will impress most folks -- including people you may want to know closely -- as a sign of poor self-care. The treatments are totally innocuous. ...Read more
Quite different: Ichthyosis, literally "fish skin" is an hereditary dry skin which exhibits stiff scales ALL OVER. T. versicolor is a colonization of the surface of the skin on the shoulders and chest by a yeast/ fungus, showing pale areas with fine scales. T. versicolor is curable but will recur. Ichthyosis is treatable but not curable, requiring continuous daily treatment. ...Read more
Topical anti fungal: Depending on the extension and location of the disease, you can use from Selenium Sulfide shampoo (like Selsun Blue) or Clotrimazole or terfinabine creams. Also oral antifungals can be taken for recalcitrant cases. You should expect that the skin discoloration may persist for months after treatment and resolution have occurred. ...Read more
Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is quite common particularly in the teens that I see. It is very difficult to treat but selenium sulfide (selsun) can help. Apply to affected areas and allow to dry on skin leave on for 30-60 minutes and wash off. Repeat daily up to 14 days. Other antifungal creams may be used for small areas. ...Read more
I've had tinea versicolor for 30 years; more seasonal in nature. Any OTC help available for this?
See below: Tina versicolor is caused by a fungus of the genus malassezia. It is a dimorphic fungus that is part of normal skin flora. Transforming of the fugus from yeast cells to a pathogenic mycelial form is what cause the clinical disease. Why this happens is not completely understood but is associated with hot, humid weather, increased sweating and the use of topical skin oils. It is not bad hygiene. ...Read more
Prescription meds: This generally takes a simple prescription strength medication that most primary care docs can provide. I prescribe one in a lotion form. Contact your doc. ...Read more
Sauna and Skin: Nope. The opposite. The moist warm air may increase the infection not treat it. ...Read more
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