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tinea versicolor

Tinea versicolor (pityriasis versicolor) is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, discolored patches.


Symptoms may include:


  • small scaly patches of discolored skin
  • mild itching

Causes may include:


  • overgrown fungus that fosters in hot, humid weather, if there is excessive sweating or oily skin
  • hormonal changes
  • immunosuppression - the immune system is unable to protect the body from the growth of yeast or fungus

Treatment may include:


  • topical or oral medication

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