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Tinea Versicolor Symptoms Medication and Treatment Columbus

Tinea Versicolor, also known as Pityriasis Versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by a yeast that is naturally present on the skin. This non-contagious infection results in a rash on the skin’s surface, usually appearing in white, pink, red, or brown patches that can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

While Tinea Versicolor can impact anyone, it is more prevalent in teens and young adults, especially those with oily skin, living in warm climates, excessive sweating, or a weakened immune system. The neck, chest, back, and arms are common areas to see this infection. Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor include patches that are dry, scaly, itchy, or painful, and which don’t darken in the sun like other areas of skin.

Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor

    • Discolored patches (white, pink, red, or brown)
    • Lighter or darker skin compared to surrounding area
    • Patches don’t darken with sun exposure
    • Commonly found on neck, chest, back, and arms
    • May be dry, scaly, itchy, or painful

In addition to the above symptoms, Tinea Versicolor can be diagnosed by a medical professional through the use of a skin scraping test or a Wood’s lamp test. Once diagnosed, Tinea Versicolor can be treated with topical antifungal medication, and the fungal infection can usually be cleared within weeks or months. The topical antifungal medication is used to slow down the growth of the yeast, which can grow out of control and result in a fungal infection.

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