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It is a common skin condition caused by surface (superficial) infection with a type of yeast that normally lives on the skin. It is also referred to as pityriasis versicolor. In the right conditions, such as warm, oily, and moist skin, the yeast (Malassezia) can overgrow and cause a rash, consisting of tan, pink, brown, or white patches.
Tinea Versicolor is most commonly found in tropical areas with high humidity and high temperatures. Teens and young adults are affected most frequently. Tinea versicolor is uncommon in young (pre-pubertal) children or in adults older than 65 years.
Some conditions make tinea versicolor more likely to occur, including:
The most common locations for tinea versicolor include:
Your skin specialist can diagnose tinea versicolor by looking at the appearance of rash. Rarely, the doctor may use ultraviolet light, which will make the affected areas appear as fluorescent yellow-green if they’re the result of tinea versicolor.
Your doctor may also take a skin sample by scraping some skin and scales from the affected area to look at under a microscope. In case of childern, the doctor may lift off skin cells by first firmly attaching clear tape to the affected area and then removing it. The sample then can be stuck directly onto a slide to be looked at with the help of a microscope.
To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor might scrape some of the surface skin material (scales) onto a glass slide and examine them under a microscope.
The type of treatment will depend on the size, location, and thickness of the infected area.Antifungal creams such as:
Antifungal pills such as ketoconazole, fluconazole, or itraconazole may be needed in widespread infection.
Avoid wearing tight, restrictive clothing.
During the warmer, more humid months, an antifungal cream, lotion, or shampoo, applied every week or two may be required to prevent re-infection which is very common.
The cost of treatment varies depending upon the type of treatment followedYour Dermatologist would be the best person to advise you regarding which treatment you should undergo.
A single consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor is chargeable at approximately INR 1000/-. Regular follow ups would ensure even better results.
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