Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It's also called pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on the skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result.
This infection can happen for any of the following reasons:
- You have oily skin
- You live in a hot climate
- You sweat a lot
- You have a weak immune system
Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The condition can affect people of any skin color. It's more likely to affect teens and young adults.
Specific signs and symptoms of the infection include:
Patches that may be white, pink, red, or brown and can be lighter or darker than the skin around them.
Spots that do not tan the way the rest of your skin does.
Spots that may occur anywhere on your body but are most commonly seen on your neck, chest, back, and arms.
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Sometimes we just see patches on our skin and we take it for granted that it will go away check with your doctor if things get worst.
Two topical creams I recommend you can use to help is: Canesten cream and Lotrisone you will most likely have to get a prescription from your doctor.
You can ask your doctor about it
There are also natural remedies you can use to get rid of tinea versicolor:
- Tea tree oil is one of the most common herbal anti-fungal agents, and is quite effective against a variety of skin infections. If you suffer from tinea versicolor, a natural treatment such as this is a good option. Simply apply a small amount of tea tree oil to your skin once a day, for two weeks. However, remember that tea tree oil can be quite harsh on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should dilute the oil and apply it on a very small area of skin. Use a small area of skin as a test patch, and only proceed to use it as a treatment if there is no adverse reaction.
- Apple cider vinegar is also believed to be an effective anti-fungal agent. You can dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, and apply this solution on the affected areas of skin.
- Aloe Vera is also a good remedy for tinea versicolor. Apply it on the area that's infected.
- Coconut oil
- Baking soda & lemon juice
If you have tinea versicolor please refrain from having dairy, because dairy causes more yeast in the system especially when the body doesn't process it fast enough. I hope I helped someone out there today.
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