Skin fungus white spots Pictures
Is it the air? The water? Is it New Jersey? Slowly I have been noticing clusters of white spots appear on my upper arms and on my upper back. Sometimes it seems they are moving across my skin. They don't hurt, itch or irritate me, but they don't tan either. In fact the tanner I get, the more noticeable they are. I asked my friends about these weird spots, and they had them also! One friend had white spots and blotches scattered across his back. Another friend has spots on her neck, back and shoulders. What are they? Should we be worried? Personally, if I'm not dying, I am not going to the doctor. Instead took it upon myself to do some research.
Vitiligo is a common condition that affects 1-2% of people worldwide. It is usually visible as a patch of white skin without pigment. The cells that would normally produce the skin's pigment are destroyed by the vitiligo. There is no known cause of vitiligo, but it is more common with people who have certain autoimmune diseases. The autoimmune diseases are: hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), adrenocortical insufficiency (when the adrenal gland does not produce enough of the hormone cortiscosteroid), alopecia areata (patches of baldness), and pernicious anemia (a failure to absorb vitamin B12 which is caused by a low level of red blood cells). Vitiligo is also common within families, although not completely hereditary. A doctor may diagnose vitiligo by researching one's family history, taking blood tests, and taking a small sample of the skin.
This fungus infection of the skin commonly affects young people and is visible on the chest, back, upper arms, and legs. The fungus produces spots which are either lighter than the skin surrounding it, or a reddish brown color. The fungus may become more visible because of high humidity and immune or hormone abnormalities. I guess "high humidity" is where New Jersey fits in. Tinea Versicolor is very common and is not contagious. It can be treated using anti fungal agents, shampoo, or pills prescribed by a doctor. Over the counter anti fungal medications include clotrimazole and miconazole, which should be applied twice a day for 10-15 days. Unfortunately these anti fungal remedies often come in small tubes and are hard to apply to large areas. An easier, more common treatment is shampoo containing selenium sulfide. Selsun Blue contains 1%. I checked out the store brands, and they contained a bit more. These should be applied to the scalp and also the skin. The easiest solution is obviously prescription medication provided by your doctor. Unfortunately some of us still survive without medical insurance.
White spots from fungus Pityriasis Versicolor2010-01-01 13:28:42 by TV-PCRepairman
Hi my name Dr.Fungus
If you are having trouble with white spots on your skin, and your doctor can't quite figure out whats wrong with you unless you pay for very expensive diagnostic tests including skin biopsys that leave scars etc, then wait weeks or even months after several appointments for test results with no treatment, then this information may just help you save a bundle of cash and get fast results!
This treatment is for Pityriasis Versicolor otherwise known as
Sometimes doctors like myself just may overlook this easy to spot skin problem as we forget to use the simple Wood's light exam, and sometimes if its close to the end of the month when we have to pay the rent or our Jaguar payment
White spots on the skin like reverse dalmation2011-02-04 18:32:09 by manx2004
Round, white circles
usually in clusters
only on the torso - never on my neck or higher, arms or legs
they do not itch or otherwise bother me
I've been to several doctors and dermatologists and even had a biopsy!
Treatments have included bathing in prescription strength selsum blue (leaving it on for 30 minutes each time, twice a day, sometimes 4 times a day... seriously who thought that was a good idea?!?), several types of cream including anti fungal and steroids, the pill difulcan (sp?) and no sun exposure for over 6 months -- all have had no effect on the spots!
From the biopsy they know it is not: cancer, fungus (such as Tinea versicolor), autoimmune, sun damage or hypo-pigmentation (such as Vitiligo).
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