Are There Home Remedies for Tinea Versicolor?
A variety of home remedies are recommended for tinea versicolor. These are, for the most part, the ones that are recommended for other skin diseases such as eczema and acne. Many home remedies have some mild antibiotic and antifungal properties that might help, but in many cases, they may cause problems of their own.
Tea tree oil, aloe vera, and garlic are all potential skin allergens and their application may cause an itchy, blistering reaction. Garlic is also a skin irritant as can be turmeric and apple cider vinegar when used excessively.
Some home remedies such as coconut oil, oregano oil, and Indian lilac have the potential to encourage growth of the yeast, especially when they use an olive oil base. Yogurt has been recommended to be ingested and applied topically for the probiotic effect.
While most home remedies are harmless, there are no studies to suggest that any of them, or diet manipulation, will be helpful in most patients.
None of these have been studied in pregnancy and all herbal and "natural" treatments should be approached carefully in the pregnant patient.
Talk to your doctor before starting any home remedy as some may interact with medications you are prescribed.