Tinea Versicolor Treatment
The treatment for tinea versicolor includes antifungal cream or lotion, and oral antifungal medications. It may take up to 2 months of treatment before the alterations in skin color resolve. Recurrence is common.
Medications for tinea versicolor include:
- Selenium sulfide lotion:
- Applied to affected areas daily for 2 weeks
- Each application should be allowed to remain on the skin for at least 10 minutes prior to being washed off.
- Topical antifungal creams or lotions for tinea versicolor include:
- Applied nightly for 2 weeks
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Ciclopirox (Loprox)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Butenafine (Mentax)
- Naftifine (Naftin)
- Econazole (Spectazole)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Oral antifungal medication for tinea versicolor:
Tinea Versicolor Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tinea versicolor.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having tinea versicolor again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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