The fungal infection in the skin called as tinea versicolor. The fungus alters the normal pigmentation of the skin and leads to small discolored spots. These spots may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin and most often affect the trunk and shoulders. In young adults and adolescents, this disease is more common. Exposure to the sun can clarify the tinea versicolor. Tinea versicolor, also called pityriasis versicolor, is neither painful nor contagious. However, this can lead to emotional stress or self-esteem.
Anti-fungal creams, lotions or shampoos can help in treatment. But even after successful treatment, the skin color may remain uneven for several weeks or even months. Tinea versicolor is very common, especially in hot, humid climates. It is manifested by following signs and symptoms
- Patches of skin discoloration
- Mild itching
Antifungal creams, lotions or shampoos are used to treat this fungal infection. But the successful treatment is not the surety to regain the actual skin color again as discolored patches may persist forever.