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Tinea Versicolor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Tinea versicolor is an infection that leaves colored spots on your skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus that is normally present on your skin. This infection is not harmful.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your infection does not get better within 2 weeks of treatment.
  • Your signs and symptoms get worse or come back after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Antifungal cream is used to treat tinea versicolor. You may need to use this cream for up to 4 weeks to treat your symptoms. You may also need to use a special shampoo on your skin.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Manage or prevent tinea versicolor:

Tinea versicolor usually comes back, especially in hot and humid times of the year. You can manage the symptoms and help prevent it. Keep your skin clean and dry. Dry your skin completely after you bathe and play sports. Dry between your toes, between folds, and other areas where skin touches skin. You may also need to apply a special shampoo to your skin each month to prevent anther infection.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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