Tinea Versicolor

Also known as: pityriasis versicolor.

What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a yeast infection of the skin that causes red spots to appear. Though it’s not harmful, it can cause unwanted physical symptoms.

What causes tinea versicolor? 

Yeast causes the spots related to tinea versicolor. It’s more likely to occur in people with oily skin, who sweat a lot, have a weak immune system or who live in a hot or humid climate.

What are the symptoms of tinea versicolor?

The spots that appear with tinea versicolor can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. They might be dry, scaly, itchy or grow together over time.

What are tinea versicolor care options? 

Skin cleansers, topical medications and anti-fungal pills can all help to treat tinea versicolor.  


Reviewed by: Ana Margarita Duarte, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/26/2018 11:13:32 AM