Malassezia Furfur

Malassezia Furfur is a yeast or fungal infection causing pigmentation which can be found growing on the skin of most adults. Though this yeast is regarded as an harmless fungal agent but may sometimes grow to a more invasive strain that will release some harmful chemicals which may change the pigmentation on the skin as well as cause some harmless skin rashes that can be easily treated over-time. In most cases, anti-fungal washes, creams and tablets can be used in getting rid of Malassezia Furfur.

Malassezia Furfur is not a contagious infections and the hypo-pigmentation reaction caused is not permanent, perhaps it can be easily removed. Though the re-occurrence of the infection is common but it does not last up till 2 months. The infection has been successfully treated by several agents and that includes tropical treatment options such as Sodium sulphacetamine, selenium sulphides, and allylamine anti-fungal. These tropical treatments can be applied in different regimens. In most cases, selenium sulphide is applied on the affected skin area daily for 2 weeks with each application of the lotion allowed to remain for 10 minutes on the affected skin portion before being washed off.

In some cases, some strains of malassezia furfur fungi could be resistance to treatment, and in such a situation, applying the tropical treatment lotion over-night is advisable. It is also ideal to perform a weekly application of the tropical treatment lotion for the next few weeks to prevent the re-occurrence of the fungal infection. Tropical treatments may be quite expensive for patients suffering from wide spread malassezia furfur infections, tropical allylamines can be used for such people and this kind of treatment has been clinically proven to be more effective in dealing with widespread malassezia furfur.

Oral treatments are the most preferred form of treating malassezia furfur not because it is more effective than other forms of treatments but because it is less time consuming and more convenient form of treatment.  One of the possible side effects of using oral treatment is the fact that there are several risks involved with them and since malassezia furfur often becomes a benign condition , then it will be important to know the likely risks before applying them.

Dietary alterations have also been suggested as a form of treating malasseszia furfur , however it has not been proven that dietary alterations can offer any form of help in dealing with the situation.