Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Tinea Versicolor, also called Pityriasis Versicolor, is a common condition that is caused by an overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast on the skin. It is characterized by lighter or darker patches on the skin. Patches are most often found on the chest or back and prevent the skin from tanning evenly. It occurs mostly in adolescence and early adulthood due to oily skin, but can occur at any time.

How is Tinea Versicolor diagnosed?

Tinea Versicolor is usually diagnosed based on a medical history and physical examination. The patches seen with this condition are unique and usually allow the diagnosis to be made on physical examination. In addition, Dr. Myers may use an ultraviolet light, called a Woods Lamp, to see the patches more clearly. Dr. Myers may also do a skin scraping in order to confirm the diagnosis under the microscope.

Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Tinea Versicolor treatment can depend on the severity of the condition. Usually we will prescribe an oral antifungal medication. This medication works by getting onto the skin as you sweat and is able to get deeper than topical medication alone. In addition, we generally prescribe a topical antifungal medication to use while the rash is active.

It is also important to know that improvement in the skin may only be temporary and a recurrence of the condition is possible. Dr. Myers may also recommend using an anti-dandruff shampoo monthly to help prevent recurrences. The treatment will not bring the normal color back to the skin immediately. This will occur naturally and may take several months.

If you have questions concerning Tinea Versicolor, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.

What are the symptoms of Tinea Versicolor?

  • Usually, the only symptom of this skin condition is white, pink, or light brown patches. The patches may scale slightly, but rarely itch or hurt. Other common characteristics of the rash included.
  • Patches worsen in the heat, humidity, or if your child is on steroid therapy or has a weakened immune system
  • Patches are most noticeable in the summer
  • The symptoms of Tinea Versicolor may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child’s doctor for a diagnosis.


Dr. David Myers

Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.

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