How to Get Rid of Tinea Flava?

Unless you have had this condition or know someone who has been diagnosed with tinea flava you probably haven’t heard the name. In basic terms, tinea flava is indicated by the appearance of scaly spots with a white color, usually on the shoulders or back, sometimes on the chest. This is a fungal infection of the skin that isn’t necessarily a threat to health or life but it should be treated as soon as possible.

The first step you should take is this: a visit to the doctor. Since this is a yeast growth it can be easily treated. The bacteria that cause many of these minor infections are always present on the human body but it takes some specific conditions to make the symptoms to become visible.

Good personal hygiene that includes a daily shower or bath will take care of most of the potential infections because the fungus is washed away. But when the weather is warm and humid and we stop our normal cleaning habits tinea flava is quite possible. The fungus first starts to grow as a thin coating. Changes in tint have also given this condition the common name tinea versicolor.

Treatment Ideas
We mentioned earlier that tinea flava isn’t something to become stressed about but if you don’t treat it correctly it may linger for years. Oils in the skin contribute to the condition so major changes in the oil content of the skin will have an effect. Diet and hygiene habits can help in this area.

You can also use topical creams to treat tinea flava. These products work directly on the fungus at the skin surface. Applying these creams or foam products are generally used a couple of times each day over a period of 10 days or two weeks. Look for topical products such as terbinafine, butenafine and clotrimazole.

Tinea FlavaIt is also possible to treat tinea flava with oral medication. These spread through the system and work their way to the skin surface. At this point the chemicals in the medication start to work against fungus. Some people have had success with anti-fungal shampoo and body wash. These may not be as effective as marketing information implies but it certainly can’t hurt to get into the habit of cleaning the hair, scalp and skin on a regular basis.

Medical records indicate that tinea flava is likely to reoccur after about two years, even when it seems to have been completely eliminated. Studies have shown that people who had this condition have an 80 percent chance of seeing the symptoms again, unless they take the most effective steps to stop it.

In cooperation with your doctor, you can prevent reoccurrence with regular skin treatments using selenium sulfide lotion and prescription tablets (ketoconazole, itraconazole, for example). Don’t panic when you see evidence of tinea flava. It’s relatively easy to get rid of if you take the right steps. Start your treatment as soon as you see any evidence of this skin condition.

Category: Diseases & Conditions, Health, Skin Care

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