Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tinea Versicolor Home Care

Home care for tinea versicolor includes:

  • Keep the skin clean and dry:
    • Avoid activities that make you sweat.
  • Bath twice a day:
    • Dry the skin thoroughly after bathing.
  • Avoid scratching the rash:
    • This may make the infection worse.
  • Clean clothes in hot soapy water.
  • Shampoo for tinea versicolor:
    • Selenium shampoo (Selsun, Excel)
    • Apply to the skin 40 minutes before showering.
    • Apply daily for one week.
  • Apply a nonprescription antifungal cream:
  • Take oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Tinea Versicolor Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have tinea versicolor and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tinea Versicolor References
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