Tinea versicolor is one type of skin disease that is widely known by the public. Some people think phlegm is a contagious skin disease, but in fact it is not like that.
Tinea versicolor in the medical world is called tinea versicolor or pityriasis versicolor. This skin disease can cause patches on the skin. These patches can make some skin colors become brighter or darker accompanied by itching.
Tinea versicolor is caused by Malassezia, a type of fungus that is commonly found on the skin. However, the fungus can develop excessively so that formed phlegm. Some factors that can trigger the development of this fungus are oily skin, hot and humid weather, excessive sweating, hormonal changes and a weakened immune system. Every human being has Malassezia fungus on his body, and we can be sure that phlegm is not a contagious skin disease. So don’t blame others when you have phlegm.
How to Overcome Panu at Home
If you have tinea versicolor that hasn’t been so severe, you can try using a cream, ointment, or soap or shampoo containing clotrimazole, selenium sulfide (1 percent level), miconazole, terbinafine and zinc pyrithione. This tinea versicolor drug is sold freely in drug stores or supermarkets.
Before using tinea versicolor medicine in the form of a cream or ointment, it is recommended to:
- Wash the skin area that has tinea versicolor, then dry it.
- Afterwards apply a thin layer of cream or ointment 1-2 times a day for 14 days.
- If you use soap, leave it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
How to Overcome Panu Medically
After undergoing treatment at home but tinea versicolor has not improved or spread even more, you should go to a dermatologist so that the doctor can re-examine through the examination, whether the complaint is really tinea versicolor. From the results of the examination, the doctor can determine a more appropriate treatment.
During the examination, the doctor may scrape a little of your skin and examine it under a microscope, or examine your skin using ultraviolet light. If it turns out to be tinea versicolor, the doctor will prescribe tinea versicolor medicine with a stronger active substance, such as:
- Selenium sulfide (2.5 percent content)
After your skin has recovered from a yeast infection, you may still see skin patches on your skin. But don’t worry, because skin color will return to its original color after some time.
How To Prevent Tinea versicolor Reappear
The use of tinea versicolor medicine is indeed able to eliminate tinea versicolor, but not infrequently phlegm that has healed can come back. That is normal because the fungus does exist on your skin. This can be prevented by using tinea versicolor 1-2 times a month, especially if you live in an area with hot and humid weather.
In addition, prevent this skin disease by wearing clothing with natural fibrous materials (such as cotton), avoid clothes that are too tight, avoid products that can make oily skin, reduce exposure to sunlight, and don’t forget to use sunscreen with a minimum SPF level of 30 before leaving the room.