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PITYRIASIS (TINEA) VERSICOLOR (PEDIATRIC)
Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor is a benign, superficial, common fungal infection localized to the stratum corneum.
It occurs most commonly in postpubertal individuals when the sebaceous glands are the most active.
Facial involvement is common in adolescents, but lesions are also found on the upper trunk, neck, arms, dorsum of the hand and pubis.
Patient presents with erythematous, hypo- or hyperpigmented macules or patches that may have a slight scale.
It is caused by the lipophilic yeast Malassezia furfur.

Patient Education

  • Educate patient about the basics of yeast growth
    • Causative agent is not eliminated from the skin & recurrence occurs in susceptible individuals
    • Malassezia spp are lipophilic; advise patient to avoid oils applied to the skin or in the bath
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