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Pityriasis Versicolor

Pityriasis Versicolor Causes

The cause of pytiriasis versicolor is the overgrowth of fungus on the skin. The growth of fungus, in turn, may be caused by excessive sweating, hormonal changes, oily skin, humid weather, and immunosuppression.

Pityriasis Versicolor Definition

Pityriasis versicolor, also called tinea versicolor, is a common fungal infection which affects the skin surface, and manifests as small, scaly, discolored patches on the skin.

Pityriasis Versicolor Diagnosis

To reach a diagnosis of the condition pityriasis versicolor, mere physical examination or observation of the skin, by the physician, will suffice.

Pityriasis Versicolor Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of pityriasis versicolor are small, scaly, discolored patches on the skin, and mild itching on the affected area.

Pityriasis Versicolor Treatment

Pityriasin versicolor may be treated through the use of over-the-counter medications. Severe cases thereof would however, require prescribed medication, which may either be oral or topical. The commonly prescribed medications are ketoconazole (cream, or tablets), selenium sulfide lotion, itraconazole capsules.

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