Tinea versicolor is a skin ailment that causes dry, scaly, and discolored patches to appear. The patches might be lighter or darker than the rest of the skin and vary from person to person.
Over time, these patches usually grow gradually, becoming vast areas of discolored patches. The back, upper arm region, trunk, and neck are among the most prevalent locations afflicted by this illness. The condition can be extremely itchy at times, but it is often harmless. Because the disorder makes the skin look unattractive, many people who are affected are extremely self-conscious.
Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor is characterized by discolored skin patches that might appear on your neck, chest, arms, or even back. These patches could include:
- When compared to the surrounding skin, it is discolored.
- Pink, brown, red, or tanned skin
- Itchy, scaly, and flaky skin.
- With tanning, this becomes more apparent.
- In cool, less humid weather, they vanish.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Tinea Versicolor
According to Ayurveda, fungal infections and symptoms are caused by a Kapha-Vata dosha imbalance.
In the early stages of a fungal infection, Ayurvedic home remedies along with dietary and lifestyle changes can help to treat the infection and speed up the curing process.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes in Tinea Versicolor
Together with Ayurvedic treatment of tinea versicolor, make the following dietary and lifestyle adjustments to get this fungal infection under control quickly:
- Avoid spicy, hot foods, foods that are very sweet or sour, pickled foods, chutneys, and citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, vinegar, and mustard.
- White flour-based foods, such as cakes, pastries, bread, and pizza, should be avoided.
- Avoid Fast foods.
Home Remedies for Tinea Versicolor
For the natural treatment of tinea versicolor, there are several home remedies solutions available at home. It’s critical to understand the cause of this skin issue to treat it efficiently at home. The illness, also referred to as pityriasis versicolor, is caused by a Malassezia yeast infection. The yeast develops regularly on the skin in many situations. Try the following home remedies to cure this illness.
1) Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is well-known for its antifungal effects. It not only reduces the itching but also stops the infection from spreading. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, is quite strong, and if used directly on the skin, it can cause irritation and burning. Before applying tea tree oil, always dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
2) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a popular and efficient home remedy for a variety of skin issues. When used to treat tinea versicolor, the proteins in aloe vera aid in the eradication of the fungus that causes skin discoloration. The existence of anti-inflammatory effects in the natural gel is responsible for this. Soak a cotton ball in a mixture of aloe vera gel and lavender oil, then apply it to the skin.
3) Coconut Oil
The skin-soothing properties of coconut oil are well-known. It also hydrates and nourishes the skin. Tinea Versicolor can be treated with this helpful oil. To properly treat the infection, all you have to do is massage the oil into the diseased areas each day. Natural acids in it will aid in the healing of your skin and the removal of the infection.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties, it does a great job of preventing skin infections. It gives instant relief from problems like itching. You can use apple cider vinegar on a daily basis to treat tinea versicolor.
5) Oregano Oil
Tinea versicolor is easily treated with oregano oil, which is one of the most potent antifungal oils. The oil also kills the fungi and alleviates the itching associated with this skin condition. Combine oregano oil with olive oil, then apply to the affected areas and allow for 20 minutes before rinsing out.
Tinea Versicolor is a fungal illness that can be treated with yogurt. The probiotics in the yogurt are responsible for limiting the fungi’s growth and spread. This has proven to be a reliable remedy that also prevents the fungal infection from returning. This cure only requires yogurt and warm water for rinsing. Apply plain yogurt to the affected area, wait 30 minutes, and then wash it off with water.
Neem, also known as Indian Lilac, has traditionally been used to treat fungal diseases on the skin. The herb’s powerful therapeutic powers aid in controlling the fungus that causes tinea versicolor growth and spread. When used daily, the leaves provide relief from itching and aid in the recovery process. Apply 20 minutes of standard neem water to the afflicted area.
Before using these listed herbal remedies consult an Ayurveda doctor. Make an appointment with Dr. Gupta at IAFA® if you have any concerns about tinea discolor.