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I have a fungal infection on my neck, shoulders and back. It

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I have a fungal infection on my neck, shoulders and back. It appeared last November 2010 after a heatwave and sunbathing in California. I was already brown from tanning and when the fungal infection came white spots/blemishes appeared and then spread over weeks and months to neck, shoulders and most of my back. I went to a dermatologist in LA who gave me Oxistat, but a very small bottle so that ran out quickly. I then tried creams from over the counter, general fungal cream, and then back in the UK mid December I went to my GP who recommended using Head and Shoulders shampoo on the skin, but also gave me Nizoral 2% shampoo for the skin. I have used both for 3.5 weeks now once a day. Throughout my treatment I have used these different things once a day. My question is: how do I know when the fungal infection is gone...will the white blemishes go (the rest of my skin is still tanned) or will I only know it has gone when I sunbathe again and see if those white areas go brown??? I never had itching with this infection just the unsightly patches.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 3 years ago.

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Anthony Bray MD :

The fungal infection itself is usually eradicated by the measures that you have taken. I would go ahead and complete the four weeks of the topical treatment.

Anthony Bray MD :

It sounds that you have had tinea versicolor. The discolored patches will take longer to clear up than the infection itself.

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You should seee gradual normalization of the skin over the next couple of months. If you fail to see improvement of should have a recurrence of symptoms (itching , peeling, skin discoloratrion) then follow up with your doctor.

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Make sure that you have changed your bedding along with your treatment.

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Customer :

Thanks for this. Just wanted to know since I am returning to California and some sun for the whole of February, will the discolouration go with tanning and will I go back to a tan all over without the marks? And is it ok to do the treatment once a day rather than twice?

Anthony Bray MD :

Yes your skin should normalize with time. Since you are this far into the treatent if you did just once that should be adequate.

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I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions. Take care!

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