Pityriasis (Tinea) versicolor is a fungal infection caused by Malassezia furfur. It is benign, superficial, and localized to the stratum corneum.
It may present as chronic or recurrent infection and may occur in healthy individuals.
It is more common in summer than winter months.
It presents with multiple well-demarcated macules or patches and finely scaled plaques with hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, hence the term "versicolor".
Lesions are usually found on the upper trunk, chest, back and shoulders, and may extend toward the neck, face and arms.

Patient Education

  • Educate patient about the basics of yeast growth
    • Malassezia species are lipophilic; advise patient to avoid oils applied to the skin or in the bath
    • It is neither contagious nor due to poor hygiene
    • Avoid use of occlusive clothing, creams, lotions & other cosmetic products
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