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.
The fungus that causes tinea versicolor
is normally found in small numbers on the skin and scalp. Overgrowth of the yeast leads to infection.
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.
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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.
If you know you are prone to tinea versicolor, try to avoid excess heat or sweating.
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
- Weakened immune system
- 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 options for tinea versicolor include the following: