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  1. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    Anyone try the magnesium supplements? I haven't tried those before, thinking about trying them out.
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  2. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    Tea tree did nothing for me.

    It can spread. It spread from my upper chest/shoulders to my stomach, my back, and the front of my thighs.
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  3. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    I am still struggling with this. I haven't been able to find anything that is effective and I have gone through 2 dermatologists who refused to prescribe me serious anti-fungals, or even perform biopsies/cultures on the lesions to figure out for sure what they are.

    If nothing else I am pretty pissed off at the medical profession over this. Yes, it's cosmetic, it's not like I have something life threatening like skin cancer, but I'm tired of hearing "Oh it doesn't look that bad!" every time I see a doctor. Really, it doesn't look that bad? These idiot doctors have no idea what it feels like when you are getting intimate with a woman and she asks if you have measles or bedbugs while looking at your chest.

    Bunch of drooling idiots. Some of the dumbest smart people I know.
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  4. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    Well - I tried a chlorine bath yesterday. Not a good idea. I soaked in a bathtub with a very diluted amount of Clorox bleach (50 mL for the whole tub) for about 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinsed.

    This morning I woke up and I had a very, very nasty flare of the folliculitis - probably the worst I have had in over 6 months. Very disappointing.

    I wish more people would participate in this thread. I've been struggling with this condition for 2 years and it is really affecting me.
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  5. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    I've actually found a couple things that have helped a ton combating PF. I started using a brand new body towel and hand towel every day in the shower. In addition, I change my undershirt halfway through the day. I've been doing this for 2 months and my PF has improved remarkably just from doing this. I think I was "reinfecting" my upper body/torso by using the same body and hand towel 7-8 times in a row before washing the towels in the laundry.

    I had a bad run in with sunscreen and PF this weekend. I used some Coppertone SPF 15 lotion on my chest and the PF has flared up extremely badly, the worst in has been in months. I'm pretty sure this was caused by the sunscreen lotion as opposed to the sun exposure. The pool I was swimming in was not chlorinated, although I'm interested in exploring some chlorine treatment of the PF in the future.

    What's the ideal time that people have found to leave anti-fungal washes on the skin? I have experimented with 5-10 minutes. 10 minutes seems to be the ideal time.
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  6. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    So the PF that I have has gotten extremely bad lately. It's all over my back, chest, stomach, and arms. It itches like hell and is not responding to any type of anti-fungal topical treatment. I have used 2% ketoconazole shampoo, 2% selenium sulfide shampoo, 2% zinc pyrithione, 2.5% coal tar shampoo, and I even broke out the secret weapon, 1% ciclopirox shampoo. This recent breakout has not been responding to anything at all. It's literally everywhere, itches like crazy, and looks absolutely awful.

    I hate to say it, but this condition is seriously affecting my life. I can't work out without it flaring up and breaking out all over my upper body. I can't tan without breakout all over my upper body. I have had 4 different women who I have been seriously dating pose pretty awkward questions that I can't answer: "What is that on your chest? Is it acne? Do you have measles? Do you have shingles? Oh my god do you have bedbugs???" I can't really tell them the correct answer either, which is "Don't worry baby, it's just a yeast overgrowth" which is pretty much the last thing a woman who is getting intimate with you wants to hear. And the final question is the killer which is: "Is it contagious?" which no one seems to have an answer to.

    I don't know what to do. This is really absolutely demoralizing, more than my adolescent acne ever was. It's destroying my self esteem, my health, and my dating life. It's not something I can just ignore either - I need to find a way to cure or control this or else I'm going to lose it.

    Please - everyone share what you can about this disease. I need to find something to stop it soon.
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  7. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    What salicylic acid product are you using?
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    Has anyone at all been able to cure their PF/MF? I have heard that a 3 month course of pulse itraconazole can cure it, but I'm having serious problems getting my dermatologist to prescribe it to me.

    I have had great success using ciclopirox shampoo (prescription only in the US) but I have been hesitant to overuse because I do not want the fungus to become resistant.

    What brand of product are people using for a mandelic acid wash?
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  9. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    As an update, the Wood's lamp diagnosis did indeed show the lesions on my chest as fluorescing white under the lamp, likely indicating a fungal cause for the lesions.

    I recently started going to a new dermatologist who has successfully treated the condition before. One of the things she prescribed me was Loprox Shampoo, a (very expensive) prescription strength anti-fungal shampoo. I have to say, this stuff is miraculous. It seems to dry up and kill the lesions overnight. We will see how it progresses.
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  10. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?   

    Just a heads up for those who are wondering if their body acne is pityrosporum (fungal) folliculitis or not, I've been doing a good bit of research on the diagnosis methods used by doctors for this condition, and it appears a common one is to shine a Wood's lamp (ultraviolet lamp) on the lesions. Fungal lesions tend to fluoresce a blue or white color under ultraviolet light. In theory this means you could analyze the lesions while in a tanning bed, although using a focused, high powered UV lamp like a Wood's lamp appears to be more dependable. You can actually get decent Wood's lamps off Amazon.com for US$25-50, that appear to be as good as the US$300 models.

    I'm going to do this analysis later this week and see what happens.
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  11. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis and Oral Nizoral Question   

    Well, a quick update - I started using some Nizoral shampoo on the new papules that developed on my shoulders and chest, and 4 days later they have started to clear up. I'm guessing this is a pretty good indicator that the folliculitis has spread to that area.

    So far my forehead and temples have been back and forth. I will be clear for a couple of days and then I will get a few new papules, then will be clear again. The Nizoral regimen has definitely improved the area.
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  12. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis and Oral Nizoral Question   

    Hmm - I think I figured out how to cut down the size of the photo while preserving how it looks. We'll see how it turns out.

    I've been doing the Nizoral regimen for about 10 days now.
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  13. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic Pityrosporum Folliculitis and Oral Nizoral Question   

    Sorry for the late reply, it's been a hectic work week.

    My doctor has me using 2% prescription Nizoral shampoo as a cleanser for my forehead and temple area once a day for 5 minutes. Twice a day I also apply a small amount of 2% Nizoral cream to the affected areas.

    So far I've noticed a slight improvement in my forehead and temple area. There are no more papules on the temples and I've gone from having 10-14 papules per day on my forehead (no joke) to having about 3 per day. The papules I've been getting have been smaller and less irritated as well. The itching has also mostly subsided.

    However, I believe the fungus infection may have spread to my upper chest/shoulder area. I woke up this morning to itching in that area, and as soon as I looked in mirror, I saw tiny red papules all over the area. I have not tried to apply any of the Nizoral products to the affected area yet, as I don't want to aggravate the problem if it is not fungal folliculitis. However, the spots do look very similar to pictures of body folliculitis that are out there on the internet.

    I should note that I do occasionally get back acne, I have never, ever gotten acne on my chest area and the back acne that I do get is rare and usually large cystic pimples, nothing remotely like the red dots on my chest.

    Any thoughts? I would attach a picture, but the size limitations for this forum are too small.
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  14. Tbone2000 added a topic in General acne discussion   

    Pityrosporum Folliculitis and Oral Nizoral Question
    I was recently diagnosed as having pityrosporum folliculitis on my forehead and temples. My doctor prescribed some topical nizoral to apply, and also some 2% Nizoral shampoo to use as a daily cleanser on the area.

    My doctor told me that she has seen good results with this regimen and expects it to clear up after a week or two. She did mention that if it did not clear up, she would prescribe oral nizoral pills for me to take.

    I am wary of taking oral antifungal pills due to hearing about their effects on the liver. Has anyone taken an oral nizoral course? If so, what can I expect? I have never had liver problems but there is a history of liver issues in my family and I'm wary of doing anything to aggravate this. Of course I have mentioned all of this to my doctor but she seems to think this should not be a problem.

    Anyone who has done this type of treatment before, I'd be very interested in your thoughts.
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  15. Tbone2000 added a post in a topic what nationality is everyone   

    Greek boy here, had acne when I was younger. Not fun. You are not alone.
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