Patient Comments: Tinea Versicolor - Describe Your Experience

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Please describe your experience with tinea versicolor. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Ramfat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I had tinea versicolor for 5 years. I tried OTC antifungal creams, vinegar, tea tree oil, neem oil, sulfur soap, bleach baths, tanning beds, etc. Doctor prescribed me fluconazole that I took for 3 days, and it made it go away, but came back 3 months later. So I did some research on my own, and everything I read said that itraconazole was the best medicine for tinea, so I ordered some online from one of those places that sells it under 'Fish' medicines. I took it for 7 days, and now I've been tinea-free for 3 years.

Comment from: Terri, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I am 68 years old. I just had a cystoscopy. I am on Myrbetriq which helps my overactive bladder tremendously, and no side effects; however, it is very expensive even with insurance paying 50 percent of cost. I may look for other remedies.

Comment from: Gaygsy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have had tinea versicolor for about 20 years. It has progressively gotten worse and spread. I have tried everything from oral antifungal medication, every OTC cream, every alternative therapy. I gave up and started wearing clothes that hid the awful spots. About 6 weeks ago I read that raw apple cider vinegar (ACV- Braggs) helps with allergies and tinnitus so I began having 30 ml 4 or 5 times throughout the day. I have also patted straight ACV on the white spots and they have faded! They are now really noticeably shrinking!

Comment from: Hannah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

Weeks into finding out I was pregnant, I developed a serious flare up of tinea versicolor on my face, chest, back and stomach. I thought it would all come to an end after I gave birth, but a year postpartum, I was still plagued by this condition. I sought my doctor and dermatologist and they kept prescribing anti-fungal creams and fluconazole but nothing worked. A few months ago I came across African black soap and I was shocked that it actually works.

Comment from: Angie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I first noticed my tinea versicolor when I got pregnant around 17. I figured it was my hormones and immune system being crazy and it went away. Then it came back. I noticed it comes when it’s really hot and when I’m really stressed. I have used generic selenium sulfide 2.5 percent overnight, and have seen improvements. I am trying tea tree oil tomorrow, thanks!

Comment from: Rick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 20

Tinea versicolor as you are aware is a fungal infection that can make you feel messy and nervous from time to time. I am glad that we have online content for taking care of tinea versicolor.

Comment from: #me, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 29

I've known since childhood that my skin was different, but I wasn't diagnosed with tinea versicolor until 2 years ago. I feel as though I've tried every medication under the sun from oral and topical medications prescribed by the dermatologist to over the counter ointments, creams and medicated lotions and nothing worked. Getting in water was the worst! And I love swimming. Going to the pool or beach was awful having to constantly stay moist because as soon as my skin dried I'd have huge blotches all over. What has worked wonders in the last 2 years consistently has been black soap. As long as I use it daily (I use it as a soap and body lotion in the morning and evening), my blotches lighten up so much so my whole body is one color again and I don't have to buy lotion anymore. Hopefully this helps someone.

Comment from: SAL, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

I have had tinea versicolor bother me for years and a female friend joked about using vaginal ointment. Well, I took 3 parts Monistat (4 percent miconazole) and mixed it with 1 part zinc oxide overnight, then put on a Selsun Blue generic (selenium sulfide) before showering. No joke here, it was gone in just over a week! Inexpensive compared to prescriptions my doctor gave me that didn't work.

Comment from: Engman, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I noticed that there was tinea versicolor in my armpit about 5 years ago. It started with a small space, then because I did not take any medication and ignored it, it started to spread. Now, it is larger in my armpit, back, neck, and elbows. This makes me very worried. Two days ago, I went to a pharmacy, and they gave me a Teguma cream which consists of terbinafine. So far, no change. I doubt the creams are the solution because I have already used a cream for about 15 days, and it did not work. I am a student and, the cream is expensive for me. I need a body lotion that is easy. In addition, the oil of the cream makes it harder to go to the university with my normal clothes on.

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Comment from: Caz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I first noticed tinea versicolor on myself several years ago, then my husband got it, then my 16 year old son, then my 14 year old son; and they say it's not contagious! My husband is not the boys' genetic father so we can rule genetics out. We have treated it with Nizoral or a cream (Pevaryl) put on before bed which remains sticky all night (yuck), both prescribed by the dermatologist. It goes but comes back within a few months or a year. I mentioned to the chemist that I believe that it's contagious, and he said it's likely something environmental, but didn't elaborate. I can't think of anything, was wondering if I don't wash the bed linen enough or something but have read it has nothing to do with hygiene. You can't tell me four out of five people get it in one household and it's not contagious!

Comment from: Janelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I did not realize what I had when my back started itching, back in July. I went to the doctor a couple months later after seeing my back in the mirror. I was horrified. He said it was an allergic reaction to something. He prescribed a cortisone cream. It's October and I have experienced no relief or changes. This morning I went to a dermatologist. I was diagnosed with tinea versicolor. After reading everyone’s shares on here, I am thinking, oh wonderful, I have this to deal with for many years to come. I was given a prescription today for a fluconazole tablet and ketoconazole shampoo. I am taking notes from all of you who have shared your experiences. For I am sure I will be experimenting in the future too.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

I had tinea versicolor for 20 plus years. The thing I do to remove it is extreme. Turn on shower, get in, and stay out of the water. Add bleach to a wash cloth, an ounce will work. Scrub it for 30 seconds. Now wet the cloth and scrub some more (wetting the cloth keeps the bleach from eating a hole in it.) When it starts to burn get under the water. Do that every day for 2 days, and again on 4th day. Works for me in 2 days.

Comment from: mh20vz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

My tinea versicolor flares up when I eat a lot of sugar. I quit sugar and it went mostly away but if I cheat on my no-sugar diet, it gets really red and itchy.

Comment from: Missy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have tinea versicolor and have had it for about 4 years. Don’t waste your money on lotions, creams, etc., a simple homemade recipe is all you need; apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and coconut oil. Mix it all up in a spray bottle, and spray affected area 3 times a day. In a few weeks they will be gone. I mix about 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 4 to 5 drops tea tree oil, and 1 tbsp. coconut oil.

Comment from: Srob, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I've had tinea versicolor for 6 years! I have found switching treatments every time helps! I soak in Selsun blue shampoo once a month! I do not put on fragrance lotion or oily lotion, I use banana boat after sun lotion. It seems to help a lot and has stopped the spots from popping up! Another treatment I use is athlete’s foot cream, which seems to help! And even though I think tea tree oil is an awful smell it works too!

Comment from: jhall6293, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

My personal experience with tinea versicolor started in 2011. I wasn't sure what it was at first (I figured it was tinea), so I went to the doctor and he confirmed that it was, indeed. He told me to not worry, and to use a topical medication in the form of athlete's foot cream, terbinafine, clotrimazole or miconazole, every night after my shower and in the morning. I used terbinafine first, which did not work. I decided to start using the -azole products. I found an athlete's foot spray containing miconazole and started spraying it on after my shower. I did some research because this wasn't working on its own. I ended up purchasing a bottle of tea tree oil (100 percent pharmaceutical grade). I started using the tea tree oil at night after showering. It has a strong, astringent-like smell, not horrible, just strong. So, I was spraying my skin with the miconazole in the mornings and applying tea tree oil at night. This started to kill the tinea versicolor. I again got noticeable splotches of tinea in 2012. I remembered my treatment regimen from 2011, but decided to make an alteration. The tea tree oil was somewhat difficult to manage, so I mixed some tea tree oil with a bit of Aquaphor. I kept this concoction in a small, lidded container. I started to notice that the tea tree oil/Aquaphor mixture alone was taking care of my tinea. I stopped using all other topical creams and used only the tea tree oil salve. After 2-3 weeks the tinea was dead. I didn't see it in 2013 or 2014, but this past year (2015) I noticed some splotches on my neck and chest and immediately mixed up a batch of 'tea tree oil ointment.' This was about a month ago and now the tinea is gone again! I always keep tea tree oil on hand now, it is a great antifungal/antibacterial agent and I rely on it for tinea outbreaks.

Comment from: moon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I've had tinea versicolor a long time. I find changing the anti-fungal cream I use helps, but my favorite is tea tree oil. It also helps with the flakiness as tea tree oil helps with dandruff. I've recently been shown a patchouli oil cream that has been helping some, but not near like the teat tree oil. Research your anti-viral and anti-fungal herbs. There's no cure so find what works best for you and remember, it may be more than one little old thing you do!

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Comment from: sayre, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I have had tinea versicolor since I was a child. It started as just some small white spots on my back and didn’t bother me until I reached puberty between 10 and 12. Once that hit, the spots spread like wild fire. I finally saw a dermatologist who diagnosed me with tinea and prescribed me with all the usual creams, shampoos and pills; nothing worked. I am now 25 and the spots have spread covering most of my back in a large patch that is very dark and when I wear dark clothing it pulls the dye from the fabric making me look bruised and beaten. It is also on my shoulders, arms, under my breasts, my stomach, pubic region, butt cheeks, scalp, thighs, and legs. I am constantly scratching most of the time to the point where I scratch myself open especially on my chest. I also find that I am getting more yeast infections as it spreads south. I hate this disease more than anything. It makes me feel dirty, disfigured and self-conscious!

Comment from: Jenm2140, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have had tinea versicolor for 30 years, and like everyone else have tried various types of treatment to no avail. One type of treatment I have tried with much success is a tanning bed. I know it is not good for your skin in general but in 3 sessions the patches were gone. It is the only thing that works for me. I thought I would share.

Comment from: Makha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

Tinea versicolor first appeared in 2012. I've had it three times now and this time is the worst. The first time I went to get it checked, the doctor said there was nothing he could give me, that it would eventually fade away and not to scratch or it would create permanent scarring (thankfully it wasn’t itchy). I had applied Bio-Oil every day (usually twice a day) to help the patches fade away. It worked great. The second time I had it, It was a little worse. I went to a dermatologist who has prescribed me ketoconazole Shampoo. By the time I had gone to the dermatologist, my patches had slightly begun to fade away so the shampoo did work. I now have it a third time (9 months later) and this is the worst it has ever been. It is all over my neck, under arms, chest, stomach, back, little ones in my inner upper thighs, and some on my inner elbow. The last two times I've had it there was no itch, this time I wake up at night scratching myself silly. I don't know if the shampoo is supposed to suppress the scratching, if it is then it's not working! The itching has subsided (now that the scabbing/patches have finally made their way all over my body). I've started to use both the shampoo and oil at least once a day and the cream twice a day. I'm hoping to see some sort of result in about a week’s time. Sigh.

Comment from: Mitchp12, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

After being diagnosed with tinea versicolor for several years, I've successfully treated it with Selsun Blue. However, I apply it as a thick paste over my stomach, arms and back for at least an hour before rinsing it off. After about 2 weeks of applying the medication daily, the fungus begins to diminish. After about 2 years, I can tell its active when I'm in a steamy shower or in the high humidity here in the South and I begin to itch usually on my left arm. A small puffy patch begins to lighten and if left untreated, begins to spread. Going to the beach with no shirt turns me into a leopard by the end of the week.

Comment from: Aly, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I am 22 years old and have tinea versicolor since I was 19. At first, I had no clue what it was. Being a broke college student, I didn't confirm what it was until recently. The worst part of having it, besides being splotchy, is the constant looks I get for having a 'hickey' on my neck and then trying to explain 'no, it’s just an overgrowth of fungus'. No, thank you. I tend to just call it a stress rash, due to its flare up in stressful situations. When my spots turned from their normal pink color to a dark brown in one day, I decided to see a doctor. They prescribed me a tiny tube of ointment for my entire back/arms/chest region and it worked wonders for the two days that it lasted! Now, a few weeks later, it is back and has spread to places that aren't as easily covered (arms, neck, face!). I had been trying to use Selsun Blue, but when I told the doctor that he laughed at me and said that it was useless. Next step is antifungal cream. I cannot afford to pay $20 for a doctor's appointment and $15 for prescription every time it shows up! If anyone has something over-the counter that has worked great for them, let me know. I am up for trying anything.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

I had some red blotches with flaky bits of skin all over my torso and upper arms and on my back for a couple of weeks. Doctor says it is tinea versicolor. It started on my chest and spread from there. I’m trying ketoconazole shampoo. A week in and it has definitely got worse. I’m going to keep trying and maybe try some apple cider vinegar next week.

Comment from: angie1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have suffered from tinea versicolor for just over 20 years, got it when I was about 13 to 14 years old. It started on my back, very dark patches and seemed to spread when I was hot. My mother took me to a dermatologist and he misdiagnosed me. I was seen a year later by another doctor who first told me that it was a skin fungus; I couldn't believe it. He gave me a clear liquid that had to be used with gloves because it caused the skin to peel. This worked greatly but because I was applying it myself I couldn't reach all areas of my back. However, the areas that I did reach were healed and have remained healed for the past 20 years. The area that I couldn't reach remains infected and gets quite itchy at times. The condition has spread to my hairline and certain parts of my face and I treat my face with vinegar.

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Comment from: Dragonlassie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have fought a life long battle with tinea versicolor and onychomycosis. I have had too many oral treatments and the risk of the side effects and the fact that it always returns closes that avenue to me. I have resigned myself to the toenail issue and keep them filed down and painted in the summer and treat the tinea versicolor with Nizoral shampoo as soon as it pops up. I find that as I treat it immediately it is possible to manage it. I am 67 now and am wondering if my changing metabolism and immune system may eventually cause this to stop manifesting since it seems that many older people manifest the nail fungus - perhaps it will work in reverse for me.

Comment from: Anonmeow, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have had tinea versicolor for a couple of years now. I don't believe when people say it's not contagious. I got it from my first boyfriend and it only began as a small patch right underneath my breasts and didn't know what it was at the time so I didn't bother with it. Now I'm with someone else and he has got a few spots on his chest. It's something to do with contact and sweat. Anyway, it is super embarrassing. I went to the doctors once it started to spread to my belly button and all they told me was that it was a 'sweat rash' until I mentioned what I thought it was. At that time I had already been using Selsun Blue 1% sulfate and I had to stop using it in the end because it dried my skin out, made it itchy and red and I even got a burn, like bra rash, while using it. I looked at other options, natural remedies such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, Epsom salt baths, apple cider vinegar, etc. I also bought some creams from the pharmacy and to be honest, it had little or no effect whatsoever. I've been so patient and tried so hard to get rid of this gross skin disease and I just can't. I don't know what else to do. I feel embarrassed to even get close to my boyfriend anymore.

Comment from: Chili girl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I’m 21 years old and I"ve probably had tinea vesicular for 7 years. It started out on my back and has since spread to under my breasts and on my back down to my bottom but hasn"t spread in probably 4 years. I"ve tried Selsun blue, the pill that has that long name, and now I"m on Nizoral hoping to see a change. Nothing yet. In going to try the apple cider vinegar (ACV) at the same time! I want this fungus gone, I hate it so much.

Comment from: beanniebop, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have had tinea versicolor for twenty years now. A lot of people in my family have it. I believe it is only contagious if you have the predisposition for it. My first husband started to get it from me but my current husband of ten years has shown no signs of having it. My spots are white and get reddish as well and they itch like there is no tomorrow, it almost drives me crazy sometime. I have tried dandruff shampoos but they don't work for me. I was prescribed an oral antifungal cream and it took it away but only for about a year. And that medicine is bad for your liver so it’s not something that you want to be on for an extended period of time. As of right now I just suffer with it, wish I could find something to take it away forever.

Comment from: Kimbo, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 20

Tinea versicolor is a fungus. If your immune system is not up to power you are more susceptible to it. Use 100 percent tea tree oil either straight or put a few drops in organic coconut oil. While humid weather makes it worse your diet plays a huge part too. Eliminate sugar, refined carbs and drink lots Taheebo (pau d'arco) tea. Anti-candida diet is good as it is a fungus.

Comment from: Tanner, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I haven't seen a dermatologist about my tinea versicolor so I may have it but I thought I would share anyway. I use colloidal oatmeal lotion (I have eczema but I also think I have tinea) and it works for me in a flash, even just 1 percent but if you want bang for your buck get 2 or 3 percent if you can find it. Maybe even oatmeal itself.

Comment from: alec7913, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I have found that cutting back on bread and wheat help tinea versicolor. For me the condition is a third less prevalent (at least) by just doing that.

Comment from: Jo318, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

This infection started about two years ago for me and I thought it was a rash from a new medication I was taking. It was diagnosed by my dermatologist as tinea versicolor.

Comment from: Kaptivating, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I've just learned to deal with it. I've had tinea versicolor continuously for 25 years and have never been able to get rid of it. However there was 1 summer in college that I swam in a chlorinated pool nearly every day and it seemed to subside for a few months.

Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Apply clear nail polish everyday on your skin in the morning and at night and tinea versicolor will slowly disappear. I have tried everything and this is the cheapest, most effective way. Do not moisten skin with any lotions and only apply sunscreen if needed over nail polish.

Comment from: Nicole, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I have had Tinea Versicolor for the last 15 years, since I was 15 years old. It began as a small dime-sized patch on my chest and never spread any larger. It wasn't until I was 19 that it began to spread all over my neck, upper chest, and up my neck to my ears, into my hairline and even in my groin area. In the last two years, it has become worse. I used to use dandruff shampoo to treat it, but I am allergic to ingredients in the shampoo. Creams, tea tree oil and other herbal-based creams don't work. The only solution I have found is the direct, light application of organic apple cider vinegar twice a day to clean skin. It takes about one week to begin fading, though I find that care needs to be taken to make sure my skin does not get irritated by the vinegar. By the end of two weeks, the redness and flaking are gone. There are times when the patches get quite red and a bit itchy, and other times that they fade and take on a pearly appearance. I can't pin down what it is -- my diet, environmental factors, hormones, etc. -- that cause them to seem to get quite red at times. My mother tells me my father had the same spots. And though I understand that this condition is not contagious, my partner of five years has now begun developing the same condition alongside his eczema.

Published: July 31

I've had it since 1994 and have tried several prescriptions over the years. The only one that makes it go away is Nizoral/Ketoconazole 200mg. I usually get 7 pills and it will go away for about 8 months and come back. Needless to say, they won't prescribe more than 7 and will not do refills. Why, I don't know. Every time I go, they say it shouldn't come back, well, it does. I wish they would come up with something that would make it go away forever! Mine does not itch but it seems to peel off.

Published: July 28

I have had tinea versicolor for close to 20 years. Initially, the doctors gave me Selsun and other such topical remedies, but they did little. Finally, discovered Nizoral and a few other anti fungal pills which worked great, but it kept coming back. I was prescribed fluconazole, which is used for yeast infections. It didn't do a thing for the tenia, but my mom has used Apple Cider Vinegar tablets for years for yeast infections. I started taking the ACV and could tell an immediate change in the color of the spots, when I stopped, they were bright red, and when I would take it, they would sort of fade away, although I could still see them. Several months ago I went back to the doctors and got some ketoconazole which killed it off and have been using the ACV ever since and haven't seen it even start back. Usually, within a month or two of a treatment, I'd started getting spots again. I use the Apple Cider Vinegar pills, 3-4 a day and it has been working. I've had this stuff BAD for years and years and feel like I finally found something safe, cheap and easy that works....give it a try.

Published: July 15

I've had tinea versicolor for years now, and the only thing that I've found to help the spots go away is to use Benzoyl Peroxide. After trying the shampoo and it not working, I started experimenting with things, and noticed that Zap-Zit acne cream was causing the spots to lighten and eventually go away. Now I just buy store-brand 10% Benzoyl Peroxide cream and slather it on thickly before bed for several days, and after a week or so, the spots start to fade and then go away. It usually stays away for at least six months, but if I notice any coming back, I just spot treat them with the acne cream. I get it very bad in the summer months in any area that I may sweat, such as my neck, back, chest and upper arms. My sister has it also, but she gets the white spots, while I get the brown. It's actually a very common condition in tropical areas, but being from the Northeast, it's quite embarrassing to try and wear a tank top or bathing suit in the summer with the spots!

Comment from: me, 25-34 (Patient) Published: April 03

I went to the doctor yesterday for wellness exam he prescribed selenium sulfide for tinea versicolor. I used it last night and can already see a huge difference.

Comment from: Meenu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

Please try using Rezole, ketoconazole soap instead of tablets for tinea versicolor. Using this soap daily has helped me and I am sure will help you too.

Comment from: 1111, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

Anti-fungal cream works for tinea versicolor, costs about 3 dollars. Apply every morning after you shower and after a week all spots are gone.

Comment from: tiredofspotsmom, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Both my husband and myself developed this annoyance at the same time over four years ago. I refuse to believe it is not contagious as at the time we had few similarities other than physical contact. We have tried lotrimin, jock itch cream, and many other solutions, and it remains. When we were first diagnosed we were prescribed a cream that worked for a few months. Swimming in the ocean seems to help when we can make it.

Comment from: julie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I've had tinea versicolor for maybe 4 or 5 years, and at first I didn't really mind because i was a chubby 14 year girl. However, now as an adult I want it gone. My doctor prescribed selenium sulfide, but it is drying out my skin and it looks so horrible. Is this normal? It is so embarrassing to be spotted all over your back, stomach, thighs and neck. Any success stories?

Comment from: Tina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was diagnosed with tinea versicolor 3 months age. I've had it for about a year and a half. It's mainly around my waist. The active spots are red, scaly and extremely itchy. The inactive spots are silver, pearly, and flaky. My most recent flare-up occurred after I went swimming. My doctor prescribed fluconazole pills and my pharmacist gave me the instructions to not get sweaty and not drink any alcohol. I did this, and the spots got better, but came back after about a month. I've also tried selsun blue (slather it on, wait 10 minutes, wash it off), which helps relieve the itching, but doesn't make it go away. I'm going to keep trying things until I find something that really works. Next on my list: apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, Lamisil, Lotrimin AF.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Published: July 09

I got tinea versicolor when exposed to a near-lethal level of toxic mold in an apartment building. Apparently, my allergy to penicillin made it easy for me to get the rash, and my family’s proclivity to skin problems made it almost near certain that I’d get it at some point. I have been trying the Selsun blue treatment for three days now. It’s a little early to see any results.

Published: July 09

I have had these spots appear on my upper arms for several years, and would usually disappear within a couple of days. After the birth of my son, the rash gradually covered my upper arms and shoulders within a few days after birth. After four months of not feeling comfortable wearing short sleeve tops, my doctor advised to use Selsun Blue shampoo once daily for two weeks, then once every two days for two weeks and then once a month for 12 months. It has only been a few days and the rash is already disappearing.

Published: June 27

I was treated years ago in 1958 by a dermatologist. He gave me a topical ointment which was not helpful and suggested using a sun lamp or go in the sun (also suggested boiling clothes and linens). Sun light clears it and where the patches were, will be white skin, takes a while for skin to be of uniform color.

Published: June 24

I have had tinea versicolor since I was 16. For about 17 years I used Selsun Blue. I would apply it to my back and chest and leave overnight (maybe 3 to 4 days). It would come back about every 4 to 8 months. For the last 5 years I have taken 2 tablets of ketoconazole. It usually goes away within a few days but still comes back every 6 months.

Published: June 24

I have had the light decolorization over a majority of my stomach and back for about 4 years. It's extremely hard on my self esteem especially being a young girl in a bikini. My dermatologist prescribed Lamisil pills but over a year later everything looked exactly the same. Then I noticed the white spots growing behind my ear. I immediately slathered on some terbinafine hydrochloride (the active ingredient in Lamisil Ultra) twice a day and it seemed to disappear in about 4 days. I'm not sure if shocking the fungus early helps or what, but the rest of my spots don't appear to have budged with many different treatments. My mother's side of the family seems to all have problems with the fungus so maybe I'm just one of those unfortunate persons with immunity problems.

Published: June 24

I have had Tina Versicolor for 30 years. At first my physician prescribed a sulfur based shampoo (Selsun Blue), which was awkward to apply (stand in the shower for 5 minutes (water off) while the shampoo remained on my shin). This was repeated daily for two weeks...did not work! However, Nizoral tablets PO 200mg. taken once/day for 7 days has worked, clearing the rash for about 1-2 years then it returns. Over time the rash has gradually become itchy causing more of a problem. I was able to ignore it except for its appearance as most of the rash was confined to my torso. Now I tolerate the mild itch then take the Nizoral. This medication is contra indicated for those who have had any kind of liver problems. Your physician can perform a blood test to determine if you can use Nizoral tablets

Published: June 17

My 21 month old son has had this for 6 months now - GP recommended the Selsun blue treatment in conjunction hydrocortisone/anti-fungal cream. This has helped reduce the patches but they are still visible. I still use this treatment 1 week on and 3-4 weeks off. I moisturize him with petrochemical free sorbolene cream or emu oil after bathing. My thoughts after reading this article are that this condition is not a serious concern, my boy is generally healthy and happy and his skin doesn't irritate him. It would seem to be only a cosmetic issue and as long as it doesn't affect self esteem then it doesn't warrant worrying too much about.

Published: June 17

My brother and I both have tinea versicolor and we've had it for quite sometime. It covers most of my stomach and back and is really embarrassing. I've tried doctor treatment ketoconazole shampoo and tablets and it just never seems to work.

Published: June 11

I started noticing round, white spots on my chest and shoulders about a year ago. I figured that the discoloration was caused by going tanning. I finally visited a doctor today and she immediately recognized it as a skin fungus. She prescribed me ketoconazole cream and recommended that I wash the affected area with Selsun Blue in the shower.

Published: June 09

My son has had this for years now and our doctor told us to bathe him with dandruff shampoo. She has never offered any medication taken orally. He is 20 now and it seems it never really ever goes away

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I moved to Florida in 2002, and I have been fighting tinea versicolor ever since. I never had this until I relocated. I am now treating it with Ketoconazole.

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