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Tinea Versicolor

Alternate Names : Pityriasis Versicolor

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Tinea versicolor is a skin disorder caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that lives normally on the skin. It shows up as scaling and bumps primarily on the chest, shoulders, and back. It can make dark skin appear lighter and light skin appear brownish.

What is going on in the body?

Tinea versicolor occurs when a fungus that lives normally on the skin starts to multiply rapidly. The overgrowth of the fungus causes skin that is uneven in color, along with a buildup of scaly patches.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Tinea versicolor is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that grows normally on people's skin. No one knows why the overgrowth occurs in some people and not in others. Risk factors that increase a person's chance of developing tinea versicolor include:

  • being an adolescent or young adult. The condition is rare in children and elderly individuals.
  • living in a warm, moist climate
  • having oily skin
  • summer months, when the temperature and humidity are elevated


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    Tinea Versicolor: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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