Occasionally confused with Keratosis, Tinea vesicolor is a fungal infection which is common among adults and adolescents. Similar to Keratosis the affected region becomes darker or lighter than the surrounding skin region, the shoulders, back and chest are the most affected areas and sometimes the crook of the arm, or the skin under the groin or breast may also become affected. Though it rarely occur on the face but little kids may find their faces affected with the infection. This infection often come with few spots and thus appear as if no infection has occurred , hence the skin looks normal while the affected region seem to have a slight discolouration.
The fungal agent that causes Tinea Vesicolor is referred to as Versicolor in most cases and the fungi is part of the normal adult skin. Even though Tinea Vesicolor is not contagious , however the infection seem to reoccur after treatment but not immediately, hence the infection is treated at least once in every two years. The Vesicolor patches are either brown or reddish-brown in colour, the condition produces a slight colour variation to the affected region when compared to the normal unaffected skin area, however the infection does not leave a permanent skin discolouration.
There are several antifungal agents that can be used in the treatment of Tinea Vesicolor and many of these are prescription or over-the-counter medications. MICONAZOLE and CLOTRIMAZOLE are some of the commonest OTC medications used in dealing with the skin disorder. Most doctors recommend that these anti fungus should not be applied for more than 15 minutes twice a week for 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of the infection. Some do recommend that the anti-fungal medication should be applied overnight everyday and then washed-off in the for one whole week- this form of treatment is believed to be ineffective because some of the hard-to-reach parts may not be effectively treated.
Selenium Sulphide is one of the most potent anti-fungal cream used in the treatment of Tinea vesicolor. Oral treatment for Tinea vesicolor comes with several advantages when compared with other forms of treatments. They are simpler to use and they do not come with some serious side effects which OTC medications may give after treatment. It is ideal to note that those who are taking some medications for other diseases should contact their doctors before using OTC medications to treat vesicolor, for instance those who are on Lipitor treatment for lowering cholesterol levels should not use OTC drugs for vesicolor to avoid interactions among the different drugs.