A common fungal infection of the skin is called tinea versicolor. Also called pityriasis versicolor which the characteristics are tiny and discolored patches that can be lighter or darker in color than the other parts of your skin.
Tinea versicolor mostly affects teens and young adults, and can be seen usually in the shoulders and trunks.
This fungal is not contagious but can lead to self-consciousness and emotional distress, and can be very visible if exposed in to the sun. Treatment for this fungal are lotions, shampoos and antifungal cream but sometimes even after treating it, your skin color may be uneven up to months especially in warm and humid weather.
The signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor are:
patches of skin discoloration mostly in the trunks, back, chest, shoulders, upper arms and neck that can be darker or lighter than your normal skin,
Consult your doctor if: the fungal infection reoccurs; your skin doesn’t improve with treatments; and the patches are covering large areas of your body.
It may reoccur in a hot, humid weather and your skin color may not return until months. Sometimes in order for the infection not to return, your doctor may suggest that you take medication once or twice a month.
Your doctor may suggest oral or skin treatment that you can use once or twice a month during warm and humid months to prevent it from coming back such as:
Itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox) tablets, capsules or oral solution,
First is wash and dry the affected area and then you can apply a thin layer of the product such as lotions, ointments and creams once or twice a day for at least two weeks, and for shampoo you can rinse it after 5 – 10 minutes of waiting. Your skin color will even out eventually. Consult your doctor if it didn’t improve after a month. You can also protect your skin from the sun and other sources of UV light.
9 Risks and Complications
There are several risks and complications associated with tinea versicolor.
Some of the risk factors that can trigger tinea versicolor include:
humid and warm weather,
use of cosmetics and oils,
if you sweat a lot,
weakened immune system.
Some of the possible complications of this fungal infection are:
recurrence of the fungal infection,
your skin tone may be left uneven after treatment,
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