Tinea versicolor

Tinea versicolor on fair skin and dark skin, and where it occurs on the body

Tinea versicolor (also known as pityriasis versicolor) is a fungal infection that causes a skin rash. The rash is formed by many small spots that typically appear on the oily parts of the upper body, usually on the chest, back, and upper arms. The spots are flat and may be white, pink, red, tan, or brown. Each person's spots are usually the same colour, either lighter or darker than the rest of the skin.

The rash does not commonly occur on the lower arms and hands, belly area, and legs and feet.

Current as of: October 31, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology

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