Tinea Versicolor

Dermatomycosis is a skin infection caused by fungi or yeast. Tinea versicolor is a type of dermatomycosis caused by a yeast that affects skin color.

  • Causes

    The fungus that causes tinea versicolor
    is normally found in small numbers on the skin and scalp. Overgrowth of the yeast leads to infection.

  • Definition

    Dermatomycosis is a skin infection caused by fungi or yeast.
    Tinea versicolor is a type of
    dermatomycosis caused by a yeast that affects skin color.

    Tinea Versicolor
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  • Diagnosis

    Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may need to be referred to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (a dermatologist).

    The doctor may use an ultraviolet light to see the patches more clearly. A patch may be scraped and sent for testing.

  • Prevention

    If you know you are prone to tinea versicolor, try to avoid excess heat or sweating.

  • Risk Factors

    These factors increase your chance of developing tinea versicolor:

    • Age: adolescents and young adults
    • Skin: more common in people with naturally oily or excessively sweaty skin
    • Climate: more common in warm and humid
      climates
    • Weakened immune system

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms include:

    • Uneven skin color, with either white or light brown patches
    • Light scaling on affected areas
    • Slight itching, which is worse when the person is hot
    • Patches that are easier to notice in the summer

    Tinea versicolor usually affects the back, chest, and neck. It can result in uneven skin color which can last for months after the infection is gone.

  • Treatment

    Treatment options for tinea versicolor include the following: