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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pityriasis versicolor?

This is a common fungal infection that causes discolored patches, often on the chest, back, arms and neck. It is due to an overgrowth of a type of fungus that is found normally on skin. It most frequently affects young adults and teens, and in hot and humid climates.

Symptoms of pityriasis versicolor

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pityriasis versicolor

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pityriasis versicolor

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for pityriasis versicolor

Mild cases of pityriasis versicolor are treated with topical antifungal medications like creams and shampoos. More severe cases may be treated with oral antifungal medication.

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