Many of you will have heard of the back-to-basics approach to treating Pityriasis Versicolor (PV). The idea is simple: as your skin has been invaded with a fungal infection, all you need to do is kill the fungi and your skin will be cured.
The back-to-basics approach is fairly popular because it is easy to understand. It makes sense, right? Kill the bugs, get rid of PV!
Due to its popularity we often hear questions like: “If I just kill the fungi and get rid of them from my skin, my PV should go away?” or “If I only kill the fungi then why are there still white spots on my skin?” or “Why does this not work for me? Am I doing something wrong?”
In other words: does killing the fungi actually cure your Pityriasis Versicolor?
The answer is yes and no. It all depends on what exactly causes Pityriasis Versicolor in the first place. And let me tell you, it’s not always that straightforward.
While it is true that pityriasis versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin, it is not as simple as eliminating “bad” fungi and killing them off.
I have spoken to many people who have had pityriasis versicolor for years, or who are in the middle of a relapse and are desperate for a cure. They’ve used every type of over-the-counter anti-fungal cream, often one after another on an almost daily basis with no effect whatsoever.
They then find out about selenium sulfide, which comes in various forms including lotion and shampoo. Selenium sulfide works quite well at eliminating this particular fungus; however, there’s a catch: For some reason, the fungus seems to be able to develop resistance to this treatment. And it can be very stubborn indeed!
It is important to realize that most anti-fungal treatments will not work long term. You can spend weeks or months using creams or lotions with no effect whatsoever: The fungus just keeps coming back! It may get better for a while and then come back again worse than before. This is because you need to treat the underlying cause of the problem.
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Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. Hello everyone! I’m Noel and I’m a dermatologist in Manila. In this blog, I’ll be writing about Pityriasis Versicolor, also known as Tinea Versicolor, and how you can get rid of it by using a simple antifungal soap.
First, let me tell you what Pityriasis Versicolor is:
Pityriasis Versicolor (also known as Tinea Versicolor) is a skin condition caused by a yeast infection. It affects teenagers and young adults but it can also occur in people as old as 70 years old. It commonly appears on the upper chest and back or on the neck, arms and legs but it can also appear elsewhere on the body.
It is not contagious nor does it have anything to do with poor hygiene. Despite that fact that taking care of your skin can help prevent this condition from occurring, it is not directly linked to how well you take care of yourself.
It appears as small patches which can be pink, red brown or lighter than your normal skin color causing discoloration and usually in large numbers that are usually scattered all over your body.
What is Pityriasis Versicolor?
Pityriasis Versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin. It usually manifests as a pinkish-red rash and typically seen on the upper trunk, neck and upper arms. This condition occurs in people who are otherwise healthy; it is not an indication of a serious illness. In fact, pityriasis versicolor is often misdiagnosed as eczema or psoriasis.
Pityriasis Versicolor is caused by a yeast infection which affects the skin’s natural color, causing the skin to become scaly and discolored. The yeast that causes this condition lives naturally on the body and does not cause any harm. However, in some cases factors such as stress, diet, hormone levels, immune system problems or sweating may encourage the growth of these yeasts, leading to an out of control yeast infection that results in pityriasis versicolor.
Pityriasis versicolor is a common skin condition characterised by small, discoloured patches that commonly occur on the chest and back. The condition is not contagious and can affect people of all ages, however it is more common in adolescents.
Pityriasis versicolor often develops during the summer months when we sweat more, making it an ideal breeding ground for the yeast that typically causes the condition. This makes pityriasis versicolor a very common skin complaint; some studies actually report an occurrence rate of as high as 25% in tropical countries.
The patches that form due to pityriasis versicolor are usually red, brown or pink in colour and while they do not cause any physical discomfort they can have a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem. They tend to be scaly to touch and most people worry about fungal infections when they develop the condition.
Despite its name, Pityriasis Versicolor is not caused by a virus or bacteria but rather by yeast. In fact, there are many different types of yeast present on our skin at any given time but pityriasis versicolor occurs when one specific type called malassezia furfur multiplies rapidly enough to cause visible symptoms.
Pityriasis versicolor, or tinea versicolor, is a type of skin infection caused by the fungus Malassezia furfur. This fungus is normally found on healthy skin, but under certain conditions it can grow out of control, causing an infection.
The first sign of pityriasis versicolor is usually the appearance of small patches of discolored skin. These patches can be pink, red, tan or brown and may appear scaly. The color may darken with exposure to the sun. Patches are most often seen on the chest, back, neck and arms but can occur anywhere on the body except for the palms and soles.
Pityriasis versicolor is not contagious. While the cause may be unknown in some cases, some people have a genetic predisposition or have weakened immune systems that make them more susceptible to the condition.
In addition to having one or more patches of discolored skin, you may also notice itching or a burning sensation on your skin. These symptoms are mild and generally do not require medical attention. However, if your symptoms worsen or you develop new symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Pityriasis versicolor is a superficial yeast infection of the skin caused by Pityrosporum orbiculare. It is more common in young adults, especially during hot and humid weather. The main symptom is an asymptomatic scaling rash on the trunk, neck and upper arms.
The rash usually presents as small, round or oval hypopigmented macules or papules that can coalesce into large patches. Distribution is typically on the trunk, but can extend onto the neck and upper arms. Sometimes there are also erythematous (red) patches which are less common and tend to be in sun-exposed areas.
Pityriasis versicolor is not contagious. The condition is normally easily treated with topical antifungal agents such as ketoconazole or selenium sulfide, but recurrence is common.