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Definition

Tinea versicolor is a mild fungal infection. It mostly affects the skin of young people. It mostly affects skin on the chest and back. It affects only the top layer of the skin. It is a non-contagious disease. Tinea versicolor can occur at any age, but is most common in adolescence and early adulthood, a time when the sebaceous glands are more active. It is also more common in tropical and semi-tropical climates. Tinea versicolor has a recurrence rate of 80% after 2 years.

Since the affected skin doesn't change color well with sun exposure, it usually becomes apparent as white patches during the summer months. In the winter it may seem to disappear, or even seem to become slightly darkened patches as the surrounding skin gets paler.

Causes

Usually Malassezia species grow sparsely in the seborrhoeic areas without causing a rash. In some individuals they grow more actively on the skin surface, for unknown reasons. However, when temperatures and humidity are high, such as during the summer or in tropical regions, fungi may grow more rapidly. As these fungi grow in number, their natural balance on your skin is upset, the normal color (pigmentation) of your skin changes, and spots appear.

Symptoms

Tinea versicolor usually causes no symptoms. It causes the appearance of multiple tan, brown, salmon, or white scaling lesions on the trunk, neck, abdomen, and occasionally face. People with naturally dark skin may notice lighter patches; people with naturally fair skin may get dark or lighter patches. The patches may be more noticeable in the summer months when the variation in your normal skin color becomes apparent.

Treatment and cure for tinea versicolor

Several oral medications have been used successfully to treat tinea versicolor. Because of possible side effects, or interactions with other medications, the use of these prescription medicines should be supervised by your dermatologist.

Tinea versicolor presents typically as hypopigmented (white) spots on the skin in various areas including the chest and back. In order for these spots to resolve, the infection must be cleared. Versiclear Lotion contains an antifungal agent that is effective against the fungus that causes tinea versicolor. Your child's physician may also recommend using the shampoo monthly to help prevent recurrences. The treatment will not bring the normal color back to the skin immediately. This will occur naturally and may take several months.

Your physician may also recommend using the shampoo monthly to help prevent recurrences. The treatment will not bring the normal color back to the skin immediately. This will occur naturally and may take several months.

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