Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For a mild case of tinea versicolor, you can apply an over-the-counter antifungal lotion, cream, ointment or shampoo. Most fungal infections respond well to these topical agents, which include:

  • Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF, Mycelex) cream or lotion
  • Miconazole (Monistat, M-Zole) cream
  • Selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue) 1 percent shampoo
  • Terbinafine (Lamisil) cream or gel

Wash and dry the affected area. Then, apply a thin layer of the topical agent once or twice a day for at least two weeks. If you're using shampoo, rinse it off after waiting five to 10 minutes. If you don't see an improvement after four weeks, see your doctor. You may need a stronger medication.

May. 02, 2012

You Are ... The Campaign for Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Make a difference today.