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  • Patches of skin with no pigmentation with patches of pigmentation inside

  • Increase in dandruff

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  • Dry flaky skin

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is pityriasis versicolor?

This common fungal infection causes discolored patches, often on the chest, back, arms, and neck. It results from an overgrowth of a type of fungus found on skin. It mainly affects young adults and teens, especially in hot and humid climates.

Symptoms of pityriasis versicolor

  • Skin over the entire body is red

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

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Taking steroids

  • a white spot

  • Skin Itching

  • History of diabetes or pre-diabetes

  • Heat rash

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pityriasis versicolor

  • Is your whole body red?

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

  • Do you have flaky, scaly skin?

  • Are you currently taking steroids?

  • Is your skin itchy?

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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References

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    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1517/14656566.2014.931373?cookieSet=1

  • Thoma W, Krämer HJ, Mayser P. Pityriasis versicolor alba. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2005 Mar;19(2):147-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2004.01085.x. PMID: 15752280.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-3083.2004.01085.x

  • Gupta AK, Bluhm R, Summerbell R. Pityriasis versicolor. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2002 Jan;16(1):19-33. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-3083.2002.00378.x. PMID: 11952286.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi?DOI=10.1046/j.1468-3083.2002.00378.x

  • Gupta AK, Batra R, Bluhm R, Faergemann J. Pityriasis versicolor. Dermatol Clin. 2003 Jul;21(3):413-29, v-vi. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(03)00039-1. PMID: 12956196.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0733863503000391?via%3Dihub

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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