Learn About Tinea Versicolor

What is the definition of Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the outer layer of the skin.

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What are the alternative names for Tinea Versicolor?

Pityriasis versicolor

What are the causes of Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is fairly common. It is caused by a type of fungus called malassezia. This fungus is normally found on human skin. It only causes a problem in certain settings.

The condition is most common in adolescents and young adults. It typically occurs in warm and humid climates. It does not spread person to person.

What are the symptoms of Tinea Versicolor?

The main symptom is patches of discolored skin that:

  • Have sharp borders (edges) and fine scales
  • Are often lighter or darker than the surrounding skin
  • Are found on the back, underarms, upper arms, chest, and neck
  • Are found on the forehead (in children)
  • Do not darken in the sun, so may appear lighter than the surrounding healthy skin

African Americans may have a loss of skin color or an increase in skin color.

Other symptoms include:

  • Increased sweating
  • Mild itching
  • Mild swelling
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What are the current treatments for Tinea Versicolor?

The condition is treated with antifungal medicine that is either applied to the skin or taken by mouth.

Applying over-the-counter dandruff shampoo containing selenium sulfide or ketoconazole to the skin for 10 minutes each day in the shower is another treatment option.

Who are the top Tinea Versicolor Local Doctors?
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Biebertal

Giessen, HE, DE 

Peter Mayser practices in Giessen, Germany. Mayser is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Tinea Versicolor. He is also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Tinea Versicolor, Folliculitis, Ringworm, and Kerion Celsi.

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University Of Sarajevo

Sarajevo Medical School 
Sarajevo, BIH, BA 

Asja Prohic practices in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prohic is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Tinea Versicolor. She is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Tinea Versicolor, Folliculitis, Alopecia Totalis, and Ringworm.

 
 
 
 
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Centro Hospitalar De São João E.P.E

Department Of Medicine 
Porto, PT 

Ana Pedrosa practices in Porto, Portugal. Pedrosa is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Tinea Versicolor. She is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Tinea Versicolor, Folliculitis, Acute Febrile Neutrophilic Dermatosis, and Autosomal Recessive Hypotrichosis.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is easy to treat. Changes in skin color may last for months. The condition may come back during warm weather.

When should I contact a medical professional for Tinea Versicolor?

Call your provider if you develop symptoms of tinea versicolor.

How do I prevent Tinea Versicolor?

Avoid excessive heat or sweating if you have had this condition in the past. You can also use anti-dandruff shampoo on your skin every month to help prevent the problem.

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What are the latest Tinea Versicolor Clinical Trials?
Detection of IL1-7A and IL-17F Gene Polymorphism in Pityriasis Versicolor and Its Relation to Susceptibility to Infections.
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Serum Vitamin D Level Detection in Patients With Recurrent Pityriasis Versicolor
What are the Latest Advances for Tinea Versicolor?
Efficacy of Itraconazole in the Prevention of Recurrence of Tinea Versicolor: A Three Year Follow Up.
Adapalene gel 0.1% vs ketoconazole cream 2% and their combination in treatment of pityriasis versicolor: A randomized clinical study.
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Topical ketoconazole: a systematic review of current dermatological applications and future developments.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: November 04, 2020
Published By: Elika Hoss, MD, Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Chang MW. Disorders of hyperpigmentation. In: Bolognia JL, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 67.

Patterson JW. Mycoses and algal infections. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Limited; 2021:chap 26.

Sutton DA, Patterson TF. Malassezia species. In: Long SS, Prober CG, Fischer M, eds. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 247.