Tinea versicolour

Does anyone else have this condition or have any tips on controlling it? It first appeared on me about 5 years ago, and since then, every summer it flares up. The doctor gave me an antifungal shampoo to use on it but nothing I've tried seems to clear it up. I've tried Selsun shampoo and various other antifungals, the most recent was Lamisil but that seemed to make it spread more! I've scoured the internet and tried other peoples remedies, but what works for one, doesn't always work for another. It did just affect my arms, underarms, backs of knees and feet, but now it's spread to my belly, back and neck and it's really unsightly. Hayelp!!!

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  • Hi Helen, I have Sweet's syndrome not Tinea versicolor, but I do know what it's like to have a skin condition that can be difficult to manage. Here are some general self-management tips for TV:

    - Avoid using oily skin products.

    - Reduce your exposure to the sun. Exposure to the sun may trigger or worsen an episode, and a tan makes the rash more visible.

    - If you have to go out in the sun, consider using an anti-fungal shampoo daily for a couple of days prior to sun exposure.

    - Put on sunscreen every day. Use a non-greasy formula with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30.

    - Do not wear tight clothing.

    - Wear breathable fabrics, such as cotton, to decrease sweating.

    Anti-fungal tablets can be used to treat persistent and extensive cases of TV - ketoconazole or itraconazole.

    Hope you find something that helps,


    BAD patient information leaflet: Pityriasis versicolor (also known as Tinea versicolor) bad.org.uk/site/858/Default...

    DermNet NZ: Pityriasis versicolor dermnetnz.org/fungal/pityri...

    Tinea Versicolor Treatment Community (FB group) facebook.com/tvcommunity

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