Tinea versicolor (fungal skin infection) risk of recurrence?

Yes. This condition tends to recur. Best way to minimize recurrence is after infection is adequately treated, use over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo a few times a week as a "body soap" on the area affected by infection. This will help keep the causative yeast under better control.

Related Questions

I just finished a diflucan (fluconazole) regimen for tinea versicolor how do I know if there still is an infection or not in the hypopigmented lesions?

Time will tell. The hypo pigmented areas may persist for 6 wks or even up to eight weeks. It's important to remember that recurrence rates are also fairly high...Up to 80% within two years....So close follow up with your doctor and discussion about a prophylactic therapy choice may be in order. Read more...
Tinea Versicolor. Your doctor can diagnose tinea versicolor by what the rash looks like. Occasionally, the doctor may use ultraviolet light, which will make the affected areas appear a fluorescent yellow-green if they're the result of tinea versicolor. Your doctor may also take a skin sample by scraping some skin and scales from the affected area to look at under a microscope. Read more...

I've been given amoxicillin 625mg tablets 3 times a day for a tinea versicolor infection. Would this be effective in curing the disease?

No. Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus. Amoxicillin medication stops many types of bacterial infections, but does not stop fungal infections. Tinea versicolor can be treated by anti-fungal medications. Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo, used on the skin rash, can also be effective (one's primary care doctor can give the details). Read more...