Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, painless, discolored patches. These patches may be lighter or darker in color than the surrounding skin and most commonly affect the trunk and shoulders.

Avoid staying in humid and warm environments as it will only aggravate the growth of the infection.
  • Symptoms
  • Dark patches of skin

    • At face, At neck, At groin, At armpits, Under the breasts

    • At chest, At back, At upper extremity

    or Light spots of skin

    • At face, At neck, At groin, At armpits, Under the breasts

    • At chest, At back, At upper extremity

    or Skin rash and redness

    • At neck, At face, At groin, At armpits, Under the breasts

    • At chest, At back, At upper extremity except hand

    common

    Itchy skin

    common

    Cracked skin on arms

    or Cracked skin at back

    or Cracked skin on the chest

    or Cracked skin on the face

    or Cracked skin on legs

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Hot, humid environments

    Excessive sweating

    Use of steroids

    Falling sick easily

    Stomach bacteria

    Family history of Tinea Versicolor

  • Treatment
  • For a mild case of tinea versicolor, you can apply an over-the-counter antifungal lotion, cream, ointment or shampoo. Most fungal infections respond well to these topical agents. When using creams, ointments or lotions, wash and dry the affected area, then apply a thin layer of the product once or twice a day for at least two weeks. If you don't see an improvement after four weeks, see your doctor, you may need a stronger medication.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Tinea Versicolor, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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