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How is pityriasis versicolor treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pityriasis versicolor is generally treated with an anti-fungal medicine that is applied to the skin. Depending on where the pityriasis versicolor appears on your body, treatment options include anti-fungal soaps, creams, and shampoos. Normally, active ingredients in these anti-fungal treatments are selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or pyrithione zinc.

If pityriasis versicolor covers a large portion of your body, your doctor or dermatologist may prescribe an anti-fungal pill. Talk with your doctor about the side effects associated with this type of medication.

If your pityriasis versicolor comes back after treatment, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend a medicated cleanser that you can use once or twice a month for continuous treatment to control the yeast that causes this skin infection.

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