Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor, sometimes referred to as pityriasis versicolor, is due to an overgrowth of Malassezia furfur, a normal form of yeast found on the skin. It most commonly appears as darker or lighter flaky skin patches on the chest, back, upper trunk, or abdomen. It affects approximately 2-8% of the population and occurs more frequently in warm, humid climates. The condition may be itchy, especially with showering or exercise. Tinea versicolor can be easily treated with appropriate antifungal topical or oral therapy but may recur if maintenance therapy is not used