Management of pityriasis versicolor through a Sri Lankan indigenous herbal formula
RRPS Nilmini, KGC Dissanayake
Pityriasis versicolor is a non-contagious fungal infested dermatological condition with well demarcated circinate or confluent macules over trunk, neck, and arms where the density of sebaceous glands is high. The study focused on management of the pityriasis through a Sri Lankan indigenous topical herbal application which has not been scientifically studied. Randomly selected 30 cases with pityriasis versicolor were comparatively studied applying testing drug and nimbadi lepa in two separate groups in equal amounts for a period of one month under recommended control conditions. Size, colour, clinical form, itching of the lesion were graded before and after the treatment. The efficacy of the testing drug was found with significant reduction in size, itching, color and clinical form of lesions after the treatment. The testing herbal formula has elaborated a significant effect in the management of pityriasis versicolor with herbal ingredients having antifungal effect against Malassazia species.