Tinea versicolor may cause:
- Uneven skin color, with either white or light brown patches
- Light scaling on affected areas
- Slight itching, which is worse when the person is hot
Patches that are easier to notice in the summer. Tinea versicolor usually affects the back, chest, and neck. It can result in uneven skin color which can last for months after the infection is gone.
Tinea versicolor is treated with antifungal medication. This may be:
Over-the-counter or prescription antifungal medication topical medications
- Lotions or creams with antifungal medications that are used for 2 weeks, such as ketoconazole or miconazole
- Some treatment usually used as shampoos that are left on for 5-10 minutes and rinsed off, such as selenium sulfide, sulfur salicylic acid, or zinc pyrithione
- Ask your doctor about the specific directions for the treatment you or your child is using
Prescription oral antifungal medications such as
After the infection is successfully treated, your skin may naturally return to its normal color. This process usually takes several months or up to a few years. The condition may improve in the winter only to return in the summer.
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