As a longtime sufferer of Tinea Versicolor (TV), I can tell you that when it spreads to the back it can be difficult to manage- especially if you’re like me and live alone for periods of time. I’ve found it impossible to reach every part of my own back with my own hands, making it also difficult to adequately apply treatment solutions like shampoos and soaps.
That said, I’d like to share a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that will help you to reach your back when you don’t have a spouse or any other person to assist you.
My 5 Tips:
1. The best way I’ve found is to use a spray, though it can be the costliest. Sprays are a fairly new product development and still expensive relative to shampoos, ointments and soaps. But spraying over the shoulder down the back and behind the waist up the back can get solution on every area of your own back. The downside is that it’s difficult to aim sometimes and some of the spray gets wasted.
2. Another trick I’ve used is a washcloth or hand-towel. The idea is to apply solution like shampoo or soap to the cloth, lather it up, then flip it over your shoulder and down your back with one hand while reaching around your waist and up with the other hand to grab the tip of the washcloth or towel.
3. Once you have hold of both ends, simply pull up and down as much as possible, the cloth scrubbing against your back, moving from side-to-side as well. For you contortionists out there, you might be fine with just a standard washcloth, but I do better using a slightly longer hand-towel. You may need to switch hands at some point to get the entire back.
4. If you have a back scrubber in your shower, this can work wonders for applying solution to your back as well. One way is to simply drizzle some shampoo on the top of the back and let it run down for a moment before taking your back scrubber and scrubbing the solution into the skin of your back.
5. If you find the bristles of a back scrubber brush too harsh, you can wrap a washcloth around the bristles first, then apply the solution of choice, whether shampoo or soap, to the cloth. Lather and begin scrubbing the back all over. Some back scrubbers come new with scrubbing mitts instead of brushes, though they require a little more care to keep mold from developing on them.
Those are the tricks that have worked for me. If you have any other tricks for reaching your own back, please chime in. We’d love to hear from you!