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Tinea Versicolor

Arabelle Abellard, MD, MSc and Jacqueline R. Ivey-Brown, MD, FACP Reviewed 06/2020
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Superficial fungal infection that interferes with normal skin pigmentation resulting in macules or patches that are hypopigmented, tan, brown, or salmon-colored. Tinea versicolor is ...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Asymptomatic scaling macules typically affect the trunk and shoulders.

  • Mild pruritus may occur.

  • Skin eruptions are more prominent in summer months.

  • Sun tanning accentuates lesions becaus...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Apply prescribed topical medications to the affected skin.

  • Pigmentation/discoloration may take months to improve.

  • In people with recurrences, repeat treatment each spring prior...

ONGOING CARE

REFERENCES

1
Harada K, Saito M, Sugita T, et al. Malassezia species and their associated skin diseases. J Dermatol.  2015;42(3):250–257.
2
Hald M, Arendrup M, Svejgaard E, et al; and Danish Society ...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Bhogal CS, Singal A, Baruah MC. Comparative efficacy of ketoconazole and fluconazole in the treatment of pityriasis versicolor: a one year follow-up study. J Dermatol.  2001;28...

CODES

ICD10

B36.0 Pityriasis versicolor 

ICD9

111.0 Pityriasis versicolor 

SNOMED

56454009 Pityriasis versicolor (disorder) 

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Tinea versicolor is characterized by noncontagious macules of varying colors, with fine scale.

  • Recurrence is common in summer months.

  • Lesions tend to become more apparent after tanning. ...

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