The goal is to clear the infection. Pityriasis versicolor may be treated with:
- Antifungal lotions, creams, or shampoos—applied to the skin
- Antifungal pills taken by mouth—used for widespread infections
Skin may return to its normal color. It may take several months to a few years after treatment. The condition may also improve in the winter and return in the summer.
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