TINEA VERSICOLOR (FUNGAL INFECTION OF SKIN) Overview
WHAT IS TINEA VERSICOLOR (FUNGAL INFECTION OF SKIN)?
Tinea versicolor is also known as Pityriasis Versicolor. It is a fungal infection of the skin commonly seen in teenagers and adults but can be seen at any age. The fungus lives on the skin and when it grows out of control, it causes discolouration of the skin producing patches lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding skin.
The infection is non-contagious and does not spread from one person to another.
- EXCESSIVE SWEATING: if you have more sweating then there are chances of having the fungal infection as the yeast gets suitable environment to grow.
- OILY SKIN: oily skin also increases chances of fungal growth.
- HOT CLIMATE: also gives the fungus favourable environment for growth.
- WEAK IMMUNITY: if your immunity is weak then the chances of growth of fungus also increases.
SYMPTOMS & CAUSES
- Appearance of patches which have different colour than the surrounding skin.
- Itching is generally very mild.
- Scaling can be seen sometimes.
The fungus is seen normally on the skin as it lives on the healthy skin. It grows only when it is triggered by factors like humidity, hot weather, oily skin, excessive sweating, weak immune system etc.