Tinea Versicolor | Treatments

Treatment usually includes the use of dandruff shampoo on the skin as prescribed by your child's physician. The shampoo is left on the skin overnight and washed off in the morning. To be effective, the shampoo treatment may be required for several nights.

Tinea versicolor usually recurs, requiring additional treatments, so improvement in the skin may only be temporary. Your child's physician may recommend using the shampoo monthly to help prevent recurrences. Your child's doctor may also prescribe topical creams or oral antifungal medication.

The treatment will not bring the normal color back to the skin immediately; this will occur naturally and may take several months.