Tinea Versicolor


What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection that causes small areas of abnormal color spots on your skin. It is also called pityriasis versicolor. It results from a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, it causes rash to appear on the skin.

Signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor

  • Patches that are white, pink, red, or brown and may be lighter or darker than the skin around them.
  • Spots that may occur anywhere on your body but are most commonly seen on your neck, chest, back, and arms.
  • Spots that are dry and scaly and may itch.

Tinea versicolor causes

  • Oily skin
  • Living in a hot climate
  • Sweating a lot
  • Hormonal changes
  • A weakened immune system

Tinea versicolor treatment

  • Topical antifungals – Topical anti-fungal products containing ingredients such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole
  • Antifungal pills 

Treatment usually gets rid of the fungal infection, but skin discoloration may take several months to resolve.

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