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Question: OTC treatment for "sunspots"


 justme816 - Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:23 am

25 year old female here.
Ever since I was about 13 years old I've had these strange white spots on my skin. They don't itch though. My dermatologist said I had "tinea versicolor" . It gets worse during the summer but usually stays around all year. I couldn't afford the anti fungal cream he tried to prescribe me.
Is there any over the counter treatments that work just as good?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:05 pm

User avatar Hello Justme816,

Tinea Versicolor is a fungal skin infection that can be difficult to treat. You can try some of the over-the-counter topical fungal creams (for athlete's foot, etc.). They may or may not be effective. Treatment can take several weeks. Options for treatment include selenium based shampoos (such as head and shoulders) applied to the area or the topical antifungal creams such as clotrimazole or miconazole. Some cases will be too severe to respond to this and a prescription strength treatment may be needed.

If you don't start to see at least a little improvement in 2-3 weeks you should follow up with your doctor for re-evaluation.

Best wishes.

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