Tinea Versicolor

Tinea Versicolor is a long-term (chronic) fungal infection of the skin. It is a relatively common skin infection caused by the yeast Pityrosporum ovale. It often occurs in hot climates.

If you’re concerned about certain skin conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.

The first sign may be a dark or discolored small scaly patch. The most common sites are on the chest and extremities. Sometimes the rash may itch and new spots can grow and some appear lighter or darken the skin.

Typically diagnosis is made by a skin scraping or biopsy of the skin.

Treatment generally consists of applying topical antifungal medications to the skin. Resistant or widespread cases may require oral anti-fungal pills such as Nizoral.

Tinea Versicolor can return especially in humid or warm weather. Dr. Green may prescribe a prescription medicated cleanser to prevent the yeast from overgrowing and recurring.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about treating tinea versicolor.