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Medical Dermatology

Tinea Versicolor

What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection in the upper layers of the skin that almost universally affects teenagers and young adults. The most common areas on which this conditions occurs are the neck, upper chest and back. The condition presents itself as small, scaly spots which can range from white to pink to tan. If the individual has a tan, the spots will be very noticeable especially on darker skin. If the skin is tanned, the discoloration may last for some time after the fungus has been removed from the skin. Individuals with oily skin may be more prone to this condition. Tropical climates also create a higher incidence of tinea versicolor.

What is the treatment for tinea versicolor?

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Topical antifungal medication
  • Specialized cleansers with selenium
Due to possible side effects or interactions with other medications, the prescribed oral medications for this condition should be closely supervised by your dermatologist.

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