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I guess I have Tinea Versicolor. In a refernce book there was mentioned that I should for example boil my stuff such as my underwears so the scales containing M. furfur get streeled. but my Dr. never mentioned so. what do you recomend?do I really have to?

By Anonymous January 30, 2011 - 11:53am
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My Doctor gave me some antifungal as a treatment. but did not tell me if people around me could get involved with this yeast or not.. I'm worried about them and also about the recurring spots because of the resisting scales and Mallassezia fufur.

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Anon - Thanks for your question. Tinea versicolor is a common skin infection. It's caused by a fungus that is normally present on the skin surface and is therefore not considered contagious. Recurrence is common,however, and the reference advising washing with boiling hot water is most likely a precaution advised to ensure that your clothing is completely clean of any trace of the fungus.

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January 30, 2011 - 1:10pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

hi. thank you for the answer. but I'm facing a new problam... my condition didn't get any better, so I met a new doctor, and he told me that it's not tinea versicolor at all. he did not give me more information. and now I'm really worried and feel confused, because my professor at Mycology Department of Veterinary Medicine, told me by the cellophane tape test microscopy he saw a hair having malassezia, but skin wasn't involved. so do you think my condition is caused by M. furfur or it was just a normal skin flora my professor abserved? please please help me.

February 3, 2011 - 2:06am
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Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for coming back and giving more information, however, we are not doctors so we can't diagnose you or tell you what to do. If you are working with a medical professional to care for your health, that person should be your best resource for figuring out what it is, and how to treat it effectively. You may want to go back to the doctor you saw, or call their office to ask the questions about what they think is going on. Did they give you anything to treat it?
In case it does turn out to be malassezia, here is an article that may be of interest: 5 Tips to Treat Dandruff
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

February 3, 2011 - 8:55am
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