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Pityriasis versicolor


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The main sign of pityriasis versicolor is patches of discoloured, scaly skin on the chest, back or arms. The patches can be pink, red, brown or pale.

Pityriasis versicolor is usually treated with antifungal shampoo or cream. Sometimes you might need antifungal tablets.

Pityriasis versicolor is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin. The fungus is usually harmless but can cause problems if it grows more than usual.

Pityriasis versicolor is a common fungal infection that causes patches of skin to change colour. It’s sometimes called tinea versicolor.

Page last reviewed: 15/03/2022
Next review due: 15/03/2025