Anyone have tinea versicolor(yeast overgrowth) on their skin? And how do you manage it?

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    Nov 11, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Anyone have tinea versicolor(yeast overgrowth) on their skin? And how do you manage it?

    I have it all over my back and I hate it. Its all red and blotchy. It comes and goes though. Gets worse when i dont shower immediately after getting out of the gym. Besides using the head and shoulders shanpoos and such, what else do you use to manage it?
  • nanidesukedo

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    Nov 11, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    Youngin06 saidAnyone have tinea versicolor(yeast overgrowth) on their skin? And how do you manage it?

    I have it all over my back and I hate it. Its all red and blotchy. It comes and goes though. Gets worse when i dont shower immediately after getting out of the gym. Besides using the head and shoulders shanpoos and such, what else do you use to manage it?


    Head and shoulders is a good start...You should try other anti-fungals like ketoconazole (Nizoral shampoo). Also, selenium sulfide (Selsun blue) may work as well. Lather and use as a body wash...let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing...frankly, however, I think you are better off going to your PCP (or a dermatologist), having the area scraped and put with KOH (to confirm the diagnosis of tinea versicolor) and being put on some prescription strength topical antifungals if tinea versicolor is confirmed(the concentration of ketoconazole in OTC preparations may not be enough).
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    Nov 11, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    Thank G-d no.

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    Nov 11, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    You need prescriptions to cure it.

    You need prescription strength Topical anti-fungal(s) (lotions, ointments)
    AND an oral anti-fungal.

    When used correctly you will kill the fungus, and assuming you are of general good health and not exposed again, never have it again.

    Again only prescription strength does the trick. Forget using the shampoos and OTC products. Get a doctors script and kill it once and for all.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidYou need prescriptions to cure it.

    You need prescription strength Topical anti-fungal(s) (lotions, ointments)
    AND an oral anti-fungal.

    When used correctly you will kill the fungus, and assuming you are of general good health and not exposed again, never have it again.

    Again only prescription strength does the trick. Forget using the shampoos and OTC products. Get a doctors script and kill it once and for all.


    I've already done the whole perscription route. It came back like 4 months later. It comes and goes, and like i said, it gets worse when i dont shower immediately right after the gym. Its not something that goes away for good anyway, its just the natural yeast flora on the skin that overgrows due to some external conditions (like increased humidity), and sometimes internal(immune system). Its also not contagious so you cant catch it and become "exposed" again, its always growing on your skin(its not like jock itch and athletes foot). But i have no medical issues.

    Thats why i asked if others have occuring experiences and what they do to control it. Like what products they like using over others. I know for me, when I use head and shoulders as a body wash, it tends to clog my pores, so I dont really like using it.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    It's quite common as I understand. I used a prescribed cream/lotion to get rid of it. Baby power helps keep the areas dry. I had it twice, about 7 years apart. so far so good.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    I got "diagnosed" with it over the summer; it's on my chest and back.

    I've been using Selsun Blue (that's what the dermatologist recommended instead of head&shoulders) along with prescription creams and a pill I take "before I anticipate sweating heavily," which I'm a heavy sweat-er so that seemed a little ridiculous. So I just take it an hour before the gym. Yea, I was told that it'll take about 6 or so months for pigment to come back, but it has a high recurrence rate. It doesn't itch or anything.

    Could be worse.
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Have you tried a soap containing tea tree oil? Dr. Bronners is one, available in both bar soap and liquid.
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    the tea tree oil is excellent.i get yeast alot. {inside my thighs,so i use Gentian Violet...that clears it up...but it stains your skin,so not good for the back,or places that show.}.Whitfield's ointment is excellent too..{when you can get it} Pine Tar soap can also help.........
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    I'm into alternative therapies.... at least when i can. A yeast infection is a food related. Yeast lives on a high sugar diet. Garlic is anti-fungal/bacterial/viral. If you take 5 garlic capsules before each meal.... and a high good bacteria (acidophilus/biidus) or a high probotic yogurt after each meal you'll help reduce the yeast infection. Now you have to reduce your sugar and starch intake.... go on a wheat/corn free diet. Oatmeal in the morning, rice bread (tastes like cardboard the first time) and any proteins. Do this for about 6-8 weeks then slowy reintroduce wheat and corn products..... but do it on minimal basis.
    Topically, yep tea tree oil works but so do some creams with borage oil especially for athletes foot (another form of this).

    Good luck.... hope that helps... it sure won't hurt you.
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    Nov 12, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    It will not go away unless you apply a topical antifungal cream. Depending on where you live, this may be an over the counter treatment.