Tinea Versicolor / Pityriasis Versicolor

Homeopathic_doctor_chandigarh_tinea vericTinea vericolor is also known as pityriasis versicolor. It is a caused by a yeast fungal infection which is commonly known as Malassezia furfur/pityrosporum ovale causing overgrowth on the skin. It appears as a rash on the exposed areas like arm, legs, neck, chest and back, in very few cases on face too. The rash is either light or darker than normal skin tone.

Tinea versicolor is not a contagious disease. It is most common in tropical or subtropical areas where weather is hot humid and moist. There is affective treatment available for tinea versicolor, but even after treatment skin may remain unhealthy for some time. The condition disappears after treatment, but recurrence is very common.

Age/Sex prevalence of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

It is more common between 15-24 years when sebaceous glands are most active, but no dominance of either of sex is apparent.

Races affected by Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

Its appearance is same in all races, but people living in warm, humid countries are prone to have Tinea versicolor.

Causes of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

• Yeast Fungus infection by pityrosporum ovale.
• Caused by malassezia furfur
• Malnutrition
• Immunosupression
• Pregnancy
• Oral contraceptive
• Hot, humid weather
• Excessive sweating
• Oily skin
• Hormonal changes
• A weakened immune system
• Adolescent boy
• Young adult men.

Treatment of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

• Antifungal medicines
• Medicated cleansers
• Dandruff shampoos
• Anti-fungal soaps
• Anti-fungal creams

Investigations of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

• Complete case history
• Physical examination with the help of wood’s lamp where skin appears yellowish green if affected by Tinea versicolor
• Skin scraping

Differential diagnosis of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

• Pityriasis alba
• Leucoderma/vitiligo
• Tinea corporis
• Seborrheic dermatitis
• Erythrasma
• Guttate psoriasis

Prognosis of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

After prompt treatment infection will be treated, however skin may stay lighter /darker for weeks or months.

Diet/management of Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

• Wear sunscreen lotion before going in sun.
• Eat a balance healthy diet.
• Practice good hygiene.
• Use garlic as it is a very good antifungal agent.
• Wash and dry the affected area.
• Use anti fungal/ dandruff shampoo.
• Maintain bed temperature before going to sleep.
• Avoid applying oily products on skin.
• Avoid tight cloths.
• Avoid excessive heat and sweating

Homeopathic treatment for Tinea Versicolor/Pityriasis Versicolor

Bacillinum burnett:
• Best remedy for tinea versicolor and ringworms.
• Enlarged and tender neck glands.
• Continuous disposition to take cold.

Caulophyllum:
•  Discoloration of skin in women with hormonal disturbances.
• Moth spots on forehead.
• Prone to habitual abortion from uterine debility.

Chrysarobinum:
• Act as a powerful irritant of the skin and is used successfully in skin diseases.
• Treats tinea versicolor and various other skin ailments.
• Dry, scaly eruption especially around the eyes and ears.
• Violent itching due to dryness

Dulcamara:
• Excellent remedy for tinea versicolor.
• Tinea versicolor on hands, arms and face, worse on exposure to damp weather and icy coldness.
• Eruptions more visible before menses or on sexual excitement.
• Itching worse from cold and wet weather.

Sepia officinalis:
• Works Patient who are weak with yellow complexion.
• Indifferent to loved ones, averse to occupation and family.
• Discolored patches behind ears, on nape of neck, cheeks, abdomen, behind elbows and knees.
• Itching not relieved by scratching.
• Patches visible ever spring.
• Patients always sit with their limbs crossed.
• Sweat a lot on feet with intolerable odor.

Sulphur:
• Adopted to dirty, filthy people, prone to skin affections.
• Skin of face, feet, toenails and groin are affected.
• Eruption become dry and begins to peel off thick dark scabs.
• Offensive character of discharge and exhalations.
• Terrible itchy tinea versicolor, with red and irritated at back.
• Dry, scaly, unhealthy; every little injury suppurates.
• Discoloration of skin whitish.
• Itching and burning better after scratching and washing.

Tellurium metallicum:
• Tinea lesions may cover the whole body especially in lower limbs.
• Itching and stinging with red spots.
• Offensive, garlic or fish brine odor from skin, especially from feet.
• Better at night, after going to bed
• Itching better in cool air.

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