Tinea versicolor

Tinea versicolor on fair skin and dark skin, and where it occurs on the body

Tinea versicolor (also known as pityriasis versicolor) is a fungal infection that causes a skin rash. The rash is formed by many small spots that typically appear on the oily parts of the upper body, usually on the chest, back, and upper arms. The spots are flat and may be white, pink, red, tan, or brown. Each person's spots are usually the same color, either lighter or darker than the rest of the skin.

The rash does not commonly occur on the lower arms and hands, belly area, and legs and feet.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofOctober 12, 2015

Current as of: October 12, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology