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Tinea versicolor natural treatment

Updated April 17, 2017

Tinea versicolor, also known as pityriasis versicolor, is a fungal infection of the skin. The skin condition is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Tinea versicolor can be described as tan or white patches that can appear anywhere the body produces moisture, such as armpits, groin areas and under breasts. With a proper diet, natural products and proper handling of the fungal infection, get rid of tinea versicolor with natural treatment options.

Dietary advice

Change your diet to get rid of tinea versicolor. Avoid overeating foods that contain flour and sugars; they will feed your pityriasis versicolor skin condition and make it spread. Stay away from alcoholic drinks that contain yeast, such as beer, until your fungal infection has subsided for more than a month. Consume sugar-free yoghurt that contains live bacteria three times a week to aid in ridding yourself of tinea versicolor. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to build up your immune system. Consume green beans, broccoli and other green, leafy vegetables at least four times a week to get rid of the fungal infection.

Natural treatment products

Buy over-the-counter garlic gel and acidophilus capsules at your local chemist or health food shop to battle pityriasis versicolor. Garlic has strong antibiotic and antifungal properties that will help rid the fungal infection, making it a natural treatment. Acidophilus contains live beneficial bacteria that help maintain a natural balance of yeast in your body and is also a natural treatment. Take the garlic and acidophilus capsules daily as per the instructions on the back of the bottles.

Skin treatments

Buy a skin exfoliator and a bottle of tea tree oil to treat tinea versicolor. Tea tree oil is found in the pharmacy department at supermarkets. Apply the exfoliator to the fungal infection patches and the surrounding areas once a week in the shower to speed up the natural treatment and remove scaly patches. Apply tea tree oil daily with a cotton wool ball. Wear old clothing. Tea tree oil can stain clothing by leaving grease marks. It is a natural treatment for skin infections that are bacterial, as well as fungal.

Stop the spread

Avoid long baths until the tinea versicolor has subsided on your skin. This fungal infection requires moisture. Take brief showers and thoroughly dry your skin each time. Do not reuse towels or share them. Don't reuse the same clothing without first washing and drying them. Pityriasis versicolor can recontaminate your skin if you reuse the same towels and clothing.

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About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Jayme Lee has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles have appeared for various online publishers and through private clients. She dual-majored in social studies education and business administration with a minor in history at the University of Pittsburgh and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.