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Suggest treatment for tinea versicolor

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Posted on Thu, 31 Jul 2014
Question: Hi, about a 2 months ago I developed mulloscum contagiosum and shortly after that I noticed red spots on my shoulders (non itchy) and they seem to fade some days and come back to this pink color some other days. Keep in mind that these spots became prevalent where I initially believed I had scars from a vacation trip where I got badly sunburned that resulted in blisters on my shoulders. Another raised flag of mind that about two months prior to this I developed a common cold which was gone in less than a week but then I noticed that I had a prolonged runny nose after that.
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Answered by Dr. Charu Bansal (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
kindly attach pic

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Welcome to healthcaremagic.
I have read your query and understood your concern.

I will like to know following details :
1 ) is the rash flat or is raised eruption?
2) any history of change of costume or garments?
3) for how long the rash persist ?
4) history of similar rash ever before?

Kindly reply to my questions and attach pic of the rash so that I can actually visualise it and help you to my best.

Good luck.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Charu Bansal (12 hours later)
1) the rash looks similar to tenia versicolor
2) i do not recall any drastic changes in clothing
3) the rash has been for around a couple of months and seems to get red with the hot weather
4) never had a similar rash
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Answered by Dr. Charu Bansal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
oral and topical antifungals

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Welcome again.

If its tinea versicolor , its an easily treatable condition. I usually prefer to give oral fluconazole to my patients with this condition.
Alongwith topical antifungal cream like clotrimazole is advised to apply over the lesions twice daily.

But before commencing treatment, confirmation of diagnosis is required.
Kindly attach pic of the lesions so that I can help you.

stay healthy.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Charu Bansal (2 hours later)
These are pictures from both sides
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Answered by Dr. Charu Bansal (19 hours later)
Brief Answer:
P. versicolor/tinea versicolor

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
welcome again.
I have seen the attached pics. Thanks for the same.
They are quite useful.

It is P. versicolor only. Its an easily treatable condition. As i mentioned in my last reply, i usually prescribe my patients oral fluconazole with topical antifungals like clotrimazole/ketocconazole for atleast 2 weeks.

You may visit your doctor and get the prescription for the same.
You may discuss this with your doctor. I am sure he will agree with my opinion.
good luck
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Charu Bansal (11 hours later)
Do you know what causes this comdition? Is this at all related to the mulluscom contagiosum i developed on my genitals?
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Answered by Dr. Charu Bansal (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
it is fungal infection not related to molluscum

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Welcome again.

Tinea versicolor is due to fungal infection. It is not related to molluscum. These two are totally unrelated condition.

You need not to worry about the same. It is fully harmless and totally treatable condition.

it will resolve completely within 3-4 weeks with treatment.

I hope I have solved your query.
if you do not have any further query you may close the discussion and rate it.

Stay healthy.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: kindly attach pic Detailed Answer: Hello dear, Welcome to healthcaremagic. I have read your query and understood your concern. I will like to know following details : 1 ) is the rash flat or is raised eruption? 2) any history of change of costume or garments? 3) for how long the rash persist ? 4) history of similar rash ever before? Kindly reply to my questions and attach pic of the rash so that I can actually visualise it and help you to my best. Good luck.