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What Causes Tinea Versicolor?

Revealing The Mystery.
By David, Contributing Writer.

Ask 90 percent of the people in the world today, “What causes Tinea Versicolor (TV,)?” and you’re likely to receive a blank or quizzical stare.

That’s because most people have never heard of TV. And just like Tinea Versicolor, most people have never heard of Malassezia, the fungus that causes TV, though Malassezia lives on everybody’s skin.

With so many people unaware of both Tinea Versicolor and Malassezia, it’s no wonder that the cause of this skin condition is still a mystery.

Malassezia normally lies dormant on the skin, kept under control by a healthy immune system; however, there are times when the fungus switches to hyper-production and it’s at those times when problems develop.

Most people first notice Tinea Versicolor when areas of skin appear peppered with lighter spots than the rest of the body. Two things happen before those white blemishes appear.

An abnormal overgrowth of fungus on the body’s surface due to an imbalance in the immune system, and the compromised production of Melanin which this causes. Melanin is the pigment produced naturally by the body to give the skin its color. The result is always un-tanned or discolored skin.

Again, most people have Malassezia yeast living dormant and unnoticed on their skin for all of their lives. But a few of us develop just the right conditions for the fungus to not only become abundant, but to thrive.

And once this dermabeast has been awakened, it can be difficult to control.

One of those conditions is oily skin. Malassezia yeasts typically live around hair follicles, which house the sebaceous glands—glands that produce sebum, an oil that lubricates both the skin and hair in humans.

That means you’re likely to see TV develop on the head, face, neck and upper trunk more than other areas of the body.

Another condition that feeds Malassezia—making it thrive—is a hot and humid environment.

It’s for this reason you see a higher incidence of TV in the tropics and in the southern areas of the United States. Athletes are also prone to TV more than others because of the higher skin temperatures and all of the sweating they do during activity.

Once Tinea appears, it can spread quickly on your own skin, but it is NOT contagious to others. This is very important to understand because people will often avoid contact with you and your towel, clothing, etc. out of sincere fear.

Again, they have no idea what TV is because they have never heard the name before. Now you can help reveal the mystery too.

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    • John
    • November 27, 2017

    This page is probably the most helpful page I’ve found for this type of condition.

    I’ve had Tinea Versicolor for about 25 years, that I am aware of. Condition had shown itself on my skin around the age of 14.

    I have been dealing with it ever since. I’ve used several ways. I tried expensive nizerol cream from the dermatologist which treated the disease, but never had made it go away without doing multiple treatments a year.

    In he last few years, I had relocated to the state of Texas. Since this time, I have became more aware of what causes the condition to become more inflamed in the skin.

    I had changed my diet in several ways in efforts to eat more food that was healthier for me, but also that was organic and free from gmo’s and chemicals.

    I’ve done more reading about this skin condition, to make myself more aware of how to treat this condition in a more natural way.

    I’ve since gone back to black coffee but also had added cinnamon to this coffee. I started taking a multivitamin every more with my breakfast. Today I really notice a difference on the outbreak spots.

    The skin has actually started to transform back to normal. I have not seen these kind of changes since I had used that topical cream. My dermatologist had offered a pill to treat the condition, but I’m not big on pills; I have refused to take meds.

    I’ve always believed in a holistic approach to medicines and treatments for any condition.
    Apparently with hard work and determination, you can be your own doctor and enjoy clear healthy skin again.

    I’ve considered doing a paleo diet to purge my body of all toxins. The paleo diet is a lot more along the lines from what the author had suggested to rid yourself from the stuff (T.V) from your body.

    In closing to this long post, this article has been the most helpful approach to T.V. Thanks again for sharing this useful information.

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