Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolar on face image

Tinea Versicolor

A rash or a fungal infection typically affecting the skin and other parts of the body is often referred to as “Dermatomycosis furfuracea or Tinea Versicolor (TV)” wherein it affects usually on the oily parts of the upper body specifically in the chest and back or upper arms or, less often, on the upper thighs, neck, hair, nails or face. A certain condition wherein spots can be easily seen in either small, flat acne that is present in our skin.

The following are the different varieties of tinea according to specific area of infection. Here are as follows:

  • Tinea manuum – An infection affecting the lower extremities specially the feet
  • Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) –An infection of the nails
  • Tinea barbae – An infection affecting our body generally the skin
  • Tinea capitis – An infection affecting more specifically on the scalp

Other conditions that can resemble tinea versicolor in affected individual –

  • Vitiligo
  • Pityriasis alba

Pityriasis alba

It is typically seen in most young individual in the world as pale white patches. Produces mild, spots on some parts of the body of the affected individual.


A permanent loss of pigment specifically affecting the skin around the eyes, lips and joints.

In general, an estimated of twenty five (25) percent of individuals especially teens and young adults typically in some wet tropical countries are suffering by this infection, due to a fast overgrowth of a yeast everywhere to different parts of the human skin but this condition does not spread from individual to individual and the spots may look worse when the affected individual are in hot and humid place. This certain condition was first identified in early 1800’s.

Tinea Versicolor Symptoms

The following signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor may differ from one patient to the other. Let’s mention a few:

  • Dark spots
  • Pigmentary changes
  • Skin lesions
  • Flaky skin
  • Eczema
  • Itching
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Sharp border

Factors that put a person at risk of having a tinea versicolor infection can include:

  • Taking certain medicines such as antibiotics, pills, and other birth control tablets
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Having weak immune system, especially during pregnancy or from some illnesses.

Injuries or complications that relate to a tinea versicolor can include:

  • Hypopigmentation of the skin. Often leads to such infection called hypopigmentation after four (4) to six (6) weeks of successive treatment.
  • Infection can be considered spotless when the affected area is not scaly when spoiled.

Tinea Versicolor Causes

There are specific problems in different parts of our body that may include tinea versicolor. Some of the most common causes including:

Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Many treatments are available dependent on the location and severity of the infection. These treatments can prevent from spreading and improving the appearance of the affected part of the body.

Such medications for tinea versicolor treatment include:

If an individual has a minor skin discoloration, the affected individual may not need any professional medical treatment. The medical experts may endorse some simple home care measures, for instances using antifungal creams, dandruff shampoos,

Applying a topical solution specifically – Tinaderm – a water soluble lotion that is applied on the affected parts of skin, if possible during night hours.

Ultraviolet therapy – might be suggested to stimulate maturation of current melanosomes.

If an individual is suffering from severe tinea versicolor an effective and usable treatment nowadays is called – accelerate repigmentations.

OTC over- the-counter medications for this type of skin infection may include the oral antifungal prescription-only medications including ketoconazole or fluconazole to be taken daily for three (3) to seven (7) days. .

Exercise at least one (1) to two (2) hours a week that helps induce sweating of the affected individual is also an effective means of treating the infection because the sweat are allowed to evaporate to our skin leaving medicating the skin.

Reducing the amount of oil on the skin may help in clearing, eliminating and improving the affected skin of an individual.

The use of topical anti-fungal agents to the affected parts of the body like tea tree oil or selenium sulfide selenium (Zun Spot) – might be recommended in improving the discoloration of the affected parts of the skin.

Removing and lessening the signs and symptoms of this infection the best known treatment for this is the usage of – hydrogen peroxide – particularly on the affected area of the individual.


In such cases, re occurrence of this infection may remain patchy for several weeks or even months, you may need to take again those mention medication stated above once (1x) or twice (2x) a month and remember: the infection may occur every time your in a warm, humid weather.

Tinea Versicolor Pictures

tinea versicolor pictures

 Picture 1 – Tinea versicolar on back

Image source – Betina.org

Tinea versicolar on scalp of head picture

Picture 2 – Tinea versicolar on scalp of head

Image source – byebyedoctor.com

Tinea versicolar on back picture

Picture 3 – Tinea versicolar on back

Image source – skinsight.comTinea versicolar on face image

Picture 4 – Tinea versicolar on face

Image source – peds.ufl.edu


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