Patient Comments: Tinea Versicolor - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your tinea versicolor?

Comment from: Helena, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 06

My husband suffered with tinea versicolor since he was in his teens. He used the oral medication and Selsun Blue intermittently to treat it but, as the report says, it always returned. He noticed that giving up sugar and yeast from his diet for a few months prevented its return. Now, he has some occasionally but for the most part is sugar free and eats sourdough bread only. It has helped enormously. Helena, Melbourne, Australia

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Comment from: Nikki34, Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have suffered from tinea versicolor for 8 years. I have tried nearly everything - ketoconazole cream (prescribed by my dermatologist), tea tree oil, Selsun Blue, and Naturasil products. None of the above worked. Then I tried Ultra Colloidal Silver Gel, and it got rid of my tinea in a month. I applied it twice a day and washed the infected area with hydrogen peroxide before. It worked great, and it didn't smell bad. It is such a relief to have finally found a product that works against my tenacious tinea.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I was diagnosed with tinea versicolor when I was a teenager (close to 20 years ago). I wasn't given anything to treat it, but I was given stuff for acne. That cleared it up. It flared up again when I got pregnant, however, I couldn't take an antibiotic to treat it. It flared up again with my second pregnancy, but I gave birth 18 months ago, and I still have patches of it. The most annoying spot on is on my back on my bra line. I'm constantly scratching my back, and it's in a hard-to-reach area. I'm going to bring it up to my doctor at my next visit, and I'm hoping for a remedy this time.

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Comment from: didi, 25-34 Female Published: May 10

I've started on a three cycle course of Ketazol for my tinea versicolor. A month and a half ago I took 10 Ketazol's for 10 days. It took a month break from it. I started again on a 10 day course, then took another break for a month. Then, finally did my last 10 day course. It's starting to clear up slowly, yet my back is itchy.

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Comment from: KMac, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I've had Tinea Versicolr for about 10 years now. Normally located on my back or shoulders which are light circular patches - like dry skin. The Selsun blue works great for me. It takes approximately 4 days before the Tinea Versicolor goes away. I hate having it, but at least it really doesn't itch and it goes away fairly quickly.

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Comment from: MDtoBE, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I was prescribed the topical anti-fungal Ketoderm. Within a month, the appearance of my back was getting back to normal! This happened over 2 years ago and I haven't had a recurrence since. Additionally, I make sure that I dry my back thoroughly after showers and keep dry as much as possible. No more long wet hair dangling down my shoulders!

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Comment from: X9, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

The best and effective treatment for Tinea, is any shampoo with 1% Selenium Sulfide or Banana Boat Sun screen spray. You just can use it for 1 week and expect it to quickly fade, you have to either wash with it every morning or use it as a lotion at night and wash in the morning. Or you can go to your doctor and ask for 100% Selenium lotion.

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Comment from: Ajacks77, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I have had tinea versicolor for over 15 years now. I took meds from dermatologist once and helped but came back. Moved from TN to AZ and helped a lot due to low humidity. Now make in TN it is spreading fast. I use a rag and scrub with selsun blue then leave some on over night. It helps a lot but always returns in summer when I get sun and more humidity. Still searching for answers but the shampoo does help a lot. Will try using throughout year as others talked about.

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