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Rash Tinea Versicolor Overview

Another name for Rash Tinea Versicolor is Tinea Versicolor.

What is tinea versicolor?
A person with tinea versicolor has a rash, caused by a fungal infection. The fungus that causes the tinea versicolor rash is normally present on the skin, so it can't be considered contagious. Tinea versicolor is more common in warm climates. With treatment, tinea versicolor may resolve, but the infection tends to recur.

What are the symptoms of tinea versicolor?
Symptoms of tinea versicolor include a rash, made up of patches of skin that may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. The patches may also be flaky and itchy.

How does the doctor treat tinea versicolor?
The treatment for tinea versicolor includes antifungal cream or lotion, and oral antifungal medications. It may take up to 2 months of treatment before the alterations in skin color resolve.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Rash Tinea Versicolor References
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