Patient Comments: Tinea Versicolor - Treatments

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Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Treatment of tinea versicolor involves the use of antifungal medicines such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, or miconazole, which may be found in many prescription and over-the-counter creams, pills, and shampoos. It's recommended to continue with occasional topical treatments even after the tinea versicolor seemingly has resolved. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Lady 100, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I suffered with the outbreak a little over 10 years ago when I was carrying my first child and I didn't know what it was. I ran into a woman about two years later that said she suffered with it as well but she didn't have any sightings on her skin and I asked what she had used. She told me she used an antifungal pill called Fluconazole and Selenium Sulfide shampoo. I went to my doctor and explain to him what I had heard and after he check my allergies he proscribed the pill and topical and it disappeared for about 3 years and came back but I went back to my doctor and got another prescription and haven't seen it again.

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Comment from: ab, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I have dealt with this for about 10 years. I have found that a sulfur ointment can really help control a small outbreak. Be sure to cover a larger area than just where the spots are. It's also great for your skin. However if it's serious I was given a prescription for nizoral oral tablets and that cleared it right up. It also helps me to control it before it starts by limiting the amount of sugars in my diet.

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Comment from: Versicolor sufferer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I've tried Clinical Strength Head and Shoulders with 1% Selenium Sulfide, 1% Clotrimazole antifungal cream, 2% Miconazole Nitrate anti-fungal skin treatment, and Banana Boat Kids SPF50+. The Selenium Sulfide helped for a while and then because ineffective within weeks. The only thing that seems to work long term is continual use of the Banana Boat sunscreen. The active ingredients are Homosalate 15%, Octinoxate7.5%, and Octisalate 5%.

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Comment from: Dixie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I have had Tinea Versicolor since i was in my teens. My father has it as well as my brother. Its mainly on our back and now around my breast as well as pubic area. It is a major issue for me now that it is spreading up my neck towards my face. I have tried many things in the form of shampoos and prescription creams but it smells awful and is hard to apply to all areas. I live in Alabama which is not the ideal place for such a problem. Now that I see there is an oral prescription, I will definitely be looking in to it! Thanks so much, glad to know there are more options!!

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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: lolamanni, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I've had Tinea for 25 years. My mother and her family had it also. Started as flat, red, itchy bumps; usually after being in sun/heat. When I moved to a warmer climate, the red bumps would still appear, but after I cooled down they turned to lightened skin discolorations. It almost looked like I had picked a bad sunburn. And the itching? Ugh, it can be miserable! Alas, I found a cheap regime that works for me.. Keep everything--body, clothes(bras!), sheets, etc--CLEAN, and wear cotton. Selenium sulfide 2.5 lotion/shampoo, 15 min a night for 2 weeks will knock it out for a little under a year. For a cool, dry climate, you'd probably have to do less and it'll likely stay away longer. Great tips on here! I'll have to try the cutting back of sugar and yeast.

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Published: March 26

For many years I've had tinea versicolor. Selenium sulfide smells and doesn't work for me. Ketoconazole shampoo and cream also didn't work for me and are expensive.

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