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Tinea Versicolor

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

All right Tinea Versicolor is a type of yeast that grows on your skin that changes the coloration of your skin. So versicolor changes the coloration of your skin. It usually happens on your trunk. so your chest in your back. And it usually happens in more moist climates, or if you happen to work out a lot, or you’re very sweaty, then that area is going to be more sweaty than most, and it’s a perfect breeding ground for this type of yeast to grow. It doesn’t mean you’re dirty. It just means your body’s immune system isn’t taking care of it as much as it should. 

And what it looks like is little circular areas all over your body of different colors. Often times, it’s less pigmented or lighter than the rest of your skin. And so you get these discrete little circles popping up everywhere. Most of the time there are no symptoms associated with it. But people don’t like how it looks.

Now, your local dermatologist does have some treatments for it, but there’s also some over-the-counter treatments that you could try as well. There’s an over-the-counter 1% Nizoral shampoo, with active ingredient is ketoconazole. And if you want, you can try that if you’re certain of the diagnosis. So you just get it over the counter, you’ve [inaudible] shampoo, you put it on the affected area, and you let it sit for five minutes before you rinse it off. If you put this medication on, and then you rinse it off within 10 or 15 seconds, that’s asking a whole lot of the medication to work. But if you let it sit for five minutes, and then rinse it off, it has a chance to work.

Now just like all fungus or yeast topics, these organisms take a long time to grow, which means they take a long time to kill. So you’re probably going to be doing this for six to eight weeks before you notice any change. Again, if there’s any question as to diagnosis, don’t start this six or eight week period. Go see your local dermatologist, but if you’re fairly certain, give this Nizoral a shot. See how it does for you. 

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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