Tinea versicolor is most commonly treated with the use of an antifungal pill or topical ointment. The treatment will eliminate the fungus that is causing the symptoms of the disorder.
Tinea versicolor is a fungal or yeast infection of the skin. It can mimic several other diseases, so it is important for patients who believe they are experiencing the disorder to visit a doctor in order to rule out more serious conditions. A doctor will most commonly prescribe a combination of topical creams, shampoos and oral medications that will work together to rid the body of the yeast that causes tinea versicolor. It is important to note that these are not intended to treat the symptoms immediately and may take a few weeks to work.
People who have experienced tinea versicolor in the past are more prone to the disorder again. In order to reduce the chance of it returning, people can limit their sun exposure, keep their bodies cooled off, wear breathable fabric and avoid the use of oily skin products. Cotton fabrics, especially undergarments, are best for people who are prone to tinea versicolor. Keeping oils off of the body will prevent the yeast from growing and breeding.