Precautions To Take And Knowledge To Give.
By David Anthony, Contributing Writer.
Fear not, we still have several weeks of summer vacation remaining, but if you or your child lives with Tinea Versicolor (TV), now is the time to kick your treatment regimen up a notch so you can avoid the embarrassment of spotty skin when returning to school.
After all, starting school is stressful enough.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already writing about going back to school. Didn’t summer just begin?
In addition, it’s important to understand the nature of this scaly “dermabeast” so you’ll be better prepared to answer questions from teachers and other students.
With that in mind, let’s see if we can summarize a few important facts about TV:
- The Tinea Versicolor fungus lives on everyone’s skin, but becomes hyper-active only on certain people. It’s unclear to doctors why it’s so selective.
- TV is a skin condition that thrives in hot-humid environments.
- TV is more common in teens and young adults due to oilier skin and more active lifestyles.
- TV prevents the skin from tanning on areas where it’s active, leaving noticeable spots or blotches as the sun darkens surrounding skin.
- TV is a recurring skin disorder, lying dormant at times, but never dying.
- Tinea Versicolor is NOT CONTAGIOUS. It will spread rapidly on your own skin, but will not spread to someone else if they touch you or your clothing.
The above points provide answers to common questions and should help to assuage any fears others might have upon noticing the spots or flaky skin.
Now, let’s talk a little about the treatment steps you can start today to help avoid or reduce spotty skin for the new school year. For more information, see our treatment page.
- Allow your skin to lighten in color again by staying out of the sun or by using an effective oil-free sunscreen.
- Use Terrasil Anti-Fungal Medicated Cleansing Bar during your daily shower or bath.
- Go into offensive mode immediately, treating your skin with Terrasil Tinea Treatment MAX every day for a 2 weeks period, then leveling off to a once or twice a week treatment.
- Be diligent in sanitizing and washing your clothes, bedding, and towels the day they are used.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to reduce the anxiety of returning to school by arriving with healthy-looking, radiant skin.