Tinea Versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, which has the appearance of small, discolored patches. They can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Sun exposure can make tinea versicolor more apparent and occurs most frequently in teens and young adults. Tinea versicolor is not painful or contagious.
Symptoms of Tinea
Some of the more common signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor include:
Causes of Tinea
Tinea versicolor is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on the skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin causing it to appear lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Some factors that may trigger this growth include:
Treatment varies depending on the severity of the infection. When deciding on tinea versicolor treatment, our providers will assist by evaluating all of the options available and assembling a treatment plan based on a patient’s individual circumstances. Treatment options consists of:
If you have any concerns regarding Tinea versicolor, please call our offices for an appointment.