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- Having naturally oily or excessively sweaty skin
- Living in warm and humid climates
- Having a weakened immune system
- Uneven skin color, with either white or light brown patches
- Light scaling on affected areas
- Slight itching, which is worse when the person is hot
Over-the-counter or prescription antifungal medication topical medications
- Lotions or creams with antifungal medications that are used for 2 weeks, such as ketoconazole or miconazole
- Some treatment usually used as shampoos that are left on for 5-10 minutes and rinsed off, such as selenium sulfide, sulfur salicylic acid, or zinc pyrithione
- Ask your doctor about the specific directions for the treatment you or your child is using
Prescription oral antifungal medications such as
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases http://www.niams.nih.gov
The College of Family Physician of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Tinea versicolor. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q---t/tinea-versicolor. Accessed November 10, 2014.
Tinea versicolor. Boston Children's Hospital website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/t/tinea-versicolor. Accessed November 19, 2012.
Tinea versicolor. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114485/Tinea-versicolor. Updated May 20, 2016. Accessed September 29, 2016.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -