Patient Comments: Tinea Versicolor - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with tinea versicolor.

Comment from: shy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

Never had tines versicolor until now, 43yrs old and a nervous wreck cus I didnt know at the time what it was. It started as a partial circle on my forehead. From there, to my chest, upper arms and then my neck. It was summer and my job is outside mostly. I stayed hot & sweaty. I tried fungal creams and ketaconozale. Did not work. I read a blog and kept seeing applecider vinegar. I was looking a mess so it couldn't hurt to try it. I applied it on with a cottonball 3-4x's a day. It works! The rash started drying up and scaling over. Creams for me made it live longer. ACV! U want regret it!

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Comment from: Anon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I noticed these spots reappear (about 10 years later), and I couldn't get into the dermatologist for a couple weeks, so I randomly tried my old Nizoral cream (which was expired), just to do something about it. Surprisingly, it actually worked! I just noticed a flare-up of spots again, and I will try the old trusty tube of cream. If it doesn't work, I will head to the doctor.

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Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

I have used shampoo with limited success. Here is what has worked for me: Take one 200 mg ketoconazole tablet with a can of coke, wait 30 to 45 minutes and go get a good cardio workout on. I try to sweat as much as possible. I do not shower, do not towel off the sweat; I dry by a fan or air-dry and sleep without showering. The next morning I shower. Repeat this process in a couple of days and you should be spot-free in no time.

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Comment from: Luke5119, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

I have tinea versicolor. I'm unaware exactly when I got it, but I'm 18 now and I think I've had it for about two to three years. The blotchy spots of white are on my right arm at the top of the forearm and up the rest of my arm and on top my shoulder and right collar bone. It's hardly noticeable now, but when it gets real humid, my arm turns pink while the infected area stays white.

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Published: July 29

When I discovered tinea versicolor was growing on my skin, it was very uncomfortable. I experienced itching and the area was constantly growing larger. Once it was diagnosed, the emergency room nurse told me to buy Selsun Blue shampoo and apply it to the areas every day to make it go away. I started to apply the shampoo and it burned badly. As it begin to heal, my skin looked like someone burned me with some type of hot oil and afterward, it began to peel. After the peeling, it left the areas lighter than the rest of the skin. As it was healing, the skin became extremely dry and I had to use a menthol lotion to soothe it. It grew under my breast, on my back, and the back of my neck. It was embarrassing when it started to peel, and I had to explain to people what happened, but eventually it left. I had to treat it three or four times, every other summer.

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Published: July 25

I was first diagnosed with this skin disorder when I was pregnant with my last child. (I have four.) It comes and goes, but I mostly just leave it alone. The dermatologist prescribed a shampoo like Selsun Blue, but it never did work for me, so I suffered through it. It's underneath my arms to the side of my breasts, and at the bend of my elbows between my breasts the spots are more like red splotches and it gets worse with UV rays. Right now, it's just a little and it is better without sunlight. But before it would peel, itch and crack. It stays at the small of my back almost always.

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Published: July 14

I just found out I have Tinea. It started 8 years ago. I had no idea what it was. I noticed the discoloring after getting a sun tan. I went to a doctor but he said it was nothing. But as the years went by I noticed it was spreading to the rest of my back and shoulders and now under my breasts and a little on my stomach. I hate looking at it because it is so obvious. I am glad it doesn't itch. I am taking Lamisil I hope it works.

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Published: July 10

I have had this condition for the past twenty years. I have tried the Nizoral tablets and this is the only thing that seems to work. After and during my second pregnancy I noticed that I had a really bad break out on my face breast, back and arms, even on my stomach. I looked like I WAS A LEOPARD. Now after a year I decided to try the same Nizoral that I have taken all my life and realize that it is not working. I think that the sooner you use treatment the easier it is for the medication to work and the faster you see results

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