Tinea Versicolor, also called pityriasis versicol, dermatomyosis furfuraea or fungi de Mare. It is a very common fungal skin infection that shows up as skin discolorations of the back, arms, chest and neck. It is a most common skin disease of the subtropical and tropical areas of the world and in beach areas. It mostly affects adolescents and young adults and is considered harmless.
The yeast that causes Tinea Versicolor is present on most everybody’s skin. Some people are more prone to yeast overgrowth. T.V. often disappears when weather gets cooler and dry and when there is less sun exposure.
What Causes Tinea Versicolor?
Tinea Versicolor is caused by yeast called malassezia gloosa. The following can cause the yeast to overgrowth:
- Hot and humid weather
- Oily skin
- A weakened immune system
- Hormonal imbalance
- Topical treatment includes Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength antifungal shampoo, soaps, lotions and cream like selenium sulfide
- Medical cleanser – they are normally prescribed once or twice monthly
- Antifungal pills – they can only be taken for a short time and might interfere with other medications or have side affects
- After treatment the skin might still stay lighter in color for a few months
- Alternative approach: includes anti fugal supplements, and a Candida eating program
The best diet for Tinea Versicolor is the Candida diet. Eliminating sugar, cheese, vinegar and minimizing grains (avoid flour) is very important, along with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, apples (restrict fruit to 1-2 pieces daily), fish, nuts, yogurt, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, fish and chicken.
Tinea Versicolor is considered to be very difficult to get rid of completely. It can take at least 3 months with diligent work.