10 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor for Tinea Versicolor

Sep 16, 2014
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Tinea versicolor is a skin disease caused by some types of fungal infections. Though the disorder is not lethal in character it is known to be capable of spreading in quick time. The disorder is more prone to occur in hot and humid weather condition.

Here we are going to provide clinical answer to common questions asked regarding this disease.

#1. How have I been infected?

You get affected by this disease because of a fungal infection. A type of yeast that naturally lives in the human skin is held to be responsible for this skin disorder. The yeast is more prevalent in hot and humid weather condition and in certain skin types. So, in your case it is more likely that the yeast grown and infected your skin in the favorable condition and thus you have been affected by it.

#2. Are there any possible causes for these symptoms?

There are few factors that can contribute to having infected with such yeast, such as hot and humid weather condition, sweating a lot, oily skin type and finally weak immune system. These factors play a bigger role in being affected by the yeast or fungal infection responsible for this skin disorder.

#3. Any tests require?

Yes, you require undergoing medical test to determine the disease and its severity. The skin rashes caused by the disorder is seen in the open eyes. Pale colored skin rashes or dark or pink marks on the skin and occasional scaling of skin are few symptoms make it obvious that you have been affected by the disorder. But to determine the disorder clinically you must undergo medical test. As soon as you seen the first symptoms of skin rashes appearing get yourself medically examined in a specialist skin clinic.

#4. Is it short-term or long term?

The disorder can last for few days and weeks before it vanishes or it can persistently continue for months or longer than that if the infection is severe and you have not addressed it with proper treatment. In any case it is a minor disorder that can be conclusively treated and if you want to get rid of it complete the treatment as directed by physician. Many people seeing the symptoms vanish in the few days of time stops taking medicines and get affected again in a short while.

#5. What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?

There are great arrays of over the counter medications for the disorder both for external and internal use and they are effective to control the disorder in just weeks. Some of the effective medicines for the disorder are clotrimazole, miconazole, selenium sulfide and terbinafine. Some of the topical creams and medications for external use include ciclopirox and ketoconazole.

#6. What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?

The treatment of this disorder is mainly external in nature and naturally this does not leave any bigger chances of side effects. The medicines for the disorder that are prescribed for consumption do not cause any big side effects.

#7. How long will it take for my skin to return to normal?

This depends as per the severity of your condition and how persistently you have followed the treatment prescribed for your disorder. In most cases, your skin condition getting better with suggested treatments. Only in few cases the infection may be recurrent and the treatment may take longer to take effect.

#8. I have other health problems. How can I best manage them together?

If you have other types of skin disorders then only the treatment may be a little complex and may require a different approach of treatment. Otherwise the external medications for the disorder that are required to be applied on the affected areas of skin, there are hardly any concerns over interactions of medicines. As for consumable medicines the attending physician will decide on them and the overall course of treatment.

#9. Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing me?

The medicines prescribed for the disorder are anti-fungal drugs and ointments and they are advocated as per the severity of your condition, your health and medical history. So, taking alternative treatment rather than the prescribed one may actually hinder the objective of your treatment and delay progress.

#10. Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?

Yes, you can take print out from any of the huge knowledge and guidance resources we provide here concerning the disease.

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Author: Brendon Buthello

  • bobl07

    Thank you so much for this information. I must confess that I have never heard of Tinea Versicolor. It is incredible of how obscure health issues can go unnoticed. Thanks for the update.