Tinea Versicolor (TV) is a common skin eruption in teens and young adults that occurs primarily during the warmer months of the year. It typically presents as discolored spots that may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. The spots may be white, pink, red, or brown and are often more prominent following sun exposure since affected skin doesn’t tan. The eruption is most commonly seen on the trunk but may occur anywhere on the body. It may be scaly and is usually asymptomatic but may itch. While it is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yeast, it is non-contagious.
Predisposing factors include:
- Hot, humid weather.
- Lots of sweating.
- Oily skin.
- A weakened immune system.
Common treatments include antifungal shampoos, creams, and lotions that typically contain one of the following active ingredients: ketoconazole, pyrithione zinc, or selenium sulfide, which are available in various over-the-counter products. For more widespread cases, prescription-strength medications, including potent antifungal pills, may be prescribed by your dermatologist. Recurrences are common and may be prevented by using an antifungal shampoo twice monthly during the warmer months of the year.
Adopted from the American Academy of Dermatology: Tinea Versicolor – https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/tinea-versicolor-overview
The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise in treating conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.