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tinea amirantacea is a possibility but i am not sure the doc has treated her with shampoos,creams for yeast infections and fungus and pills but he is not getting any results .she is 15 and this has been going on for 7 months. what should i do?could it b something else?

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  • Dr. Chris July 28, 2011

    Tinea amirantacea, if this is the case, is not a diagnosis but a skin reaction (symptom) that occurs with various skin diseases, infections and infestations. A fungal infection of the head (tinea capitis) is one possible cause and once this is successfully treated, the reaction (tinea amirantacea) will gradually resolve. There are other possibilities including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, head lice and so on. Firstly you need to take your daughter to a dermatologist and have this properly diagnosed and the actual cause identified. Analysis of a skin scraping may be necessary. Once this is done, if not already so, the appropriate treatment will be commenced. If there is no success with treatment, it may be reasonable to assume that the initial diagnosis is incorrect and commence with treatment for the next most likely condition. Your dermatologist will guide you through the treatment protocol.

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