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What is Pityriasis Versicolor?

Description of the disease

Pityriasis versicolor (tinea versicolor) is a fungal skin condition caused by a yeast-like fungus. The condition manifests as round or oval patches covered with grayish-brown scale. They can appear on any part of the skin, but are most common on the chest, back, shoulders, neck, and scalp.


  • Typical pityriasis versicolor
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Pityriasis versicolor


Symptoms of pityriasis versicolor include the appearance of round or oval patches on the skin, covered with grayish-brown scale. It can sometimes be accompanied by itching.


The exact causes of pityriasis versicolor are not fully understood, but fungal infection is believed to play a role, especially in the case of tinea versicolor.


The diagnosis of pityriasis versicolor is based on a skin examination and, if necessary, laboratory tests.


Treatment for pityriasis versicolor may include the use of antifungal creams or ointments, and in some cases, oral antifungal medications.


To prevent pityriasis versicolor, it is recommended to maintain skin hygiene, avoid overheating and overcooling of the body, and wear natural, breathable clothing.


The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pityriasis versicolor are carried out by a dermatologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.