What is it?

Pityriasis versicolor is a common fungal infection which is characterized by small discolored patches. It is common in teens and young adults. Sun exposure may make it more apparents, as the pigmentation around the patched gets darker. Pityriasis versicolor is not contagious. It may be triggered by humid weather, oily skin, hormonal changes and weakened immune system.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include discolored patches with mild itching and scaling.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from physical examination. Further evaluation may include scraping the skin and looking at it under the microscope.


Treatment includes antifungal creams, gel or shampoos. In cases of recurrence, a medication may be taken in order to prevent the infection.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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