Tinea versicolor: Signs and symptoms

Tinea versicolor: Signs and symptoms

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tinea versicolor on chestTinea versicolor: It often looks like a rash.

The first sign of tinea versicolor is often spots on the skin. The other signs and symptoms are:

  • The spots are lighter (sometimes darker) than the surrounding skin. The color of the spots can be white, pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.
  • The spots can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Spots can be dry and scaly.
  • Skin may itch where the spots appear.
  • Spots become more noticeable as the skin tans. The yeast prevents the skin from tanning.
  • Spots grow slowly.
  • As the yeast grows, the spots can combine and form patches of lighter (or darker) skin.
  • The spots may disappear when the temperature drops and return in the spring or summer when the air gets warm and humid.
dry, scaly patches on skin Tinea versicolor: The spots of tinea versicolor can be dry and scaly. As the yeast grows, the spots can grow together.

Sometimes the spots are so faint that people do not realize they have tinea versicolor. If tinea versicolor causes light spots on the skin, it can be mistaken for vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes the skin to lose its color.

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Images used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides.

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