Tinea versicolor is a yeast infection of the skin that changes the color of skin. It occurs most often involves the skin of the chest, back, shoulders, upper arms, trunk or groin (rarely, the face). It occurs most often in adolescents and adults.
Causes of Pityriasis Versicolor
Cause is due to the developing stage of the yeast, Pityrosporum orbiculare. High heat and high humidity enhance the growth of this yeast. The infection is contagious, but it is unknown how it spread.
Signs and Symptoms of Pityriasis Versicolor
Symptoms are lesions with the following varcharacteristics: lesions on exposed skin are white, on covered areas, they are brown or brownish red, lesions are flat with clearly defined borders, they donít scale unless scraped, lesions begin at 3 to 4mm in diameter and spread, and they often join together to form large patches.
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