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Posted on 08. Apr, 2011 by in Skin Conditions, Tinea Versicolor, Various

Tinea Versicolor

The tinea versicolor rash continues to return in 40% to 60% of people.

Tinea Versicolor Causes

Tinea versicolor occurs more often in teenagers and young adults and appears on the back, neck, upper chest, shoulders, armpits and upper arms. Most people who get this rash are in good health.

Pink and white spots on the skin

Tinea Versicolor

With summer coming, so is a common skin condition known as Tinea Versicolor. Though most associate the word “Tinea” with a fungus, such as in Tinea Cruris (Jock itch), Tinea Pedis (Athletes foot), Tinea Capitis (Cradel cap) which is caused by a dermatphyte (fungus), Tinea Versicolor is actually caused by yeast which occurs naturally on our skin. This yeast flourishes under the proper conditions, such as in warm, humid climates (welcome to Florida weather) on moist skin. Sweating, oily skin, hormones, and tanning oils can contribute to the outbreak.

Tinea Versicolor is common in adolescents and young adults, usually the adolescent come in because a friend or family member notices the rash. The areas affected appear as if they do not tan. The rash is usually asymptomatic but may be mildly itchy.

The rash of Tinea Versicolor may be pale brown, pink or white, depending on the color of your skin; it may or may not have a fine scale. The rash of Tinea Versicolor can be located on the shoulders, back, chest and upper arms. Tinea Versicolor is not contagious but it can reoccur.

If you think you have Tinea Versicolor see your dermatologist or schedule an appointment at Abrams Dermatology for a consulation.

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