Tinea Versicolor is a common yeast infection of the skin, involving mostly the chest and back, but sometimes, other areas such as the neck and thighs.
It is caused by an ubiquitous yeast: Malassezia Furfur. It is more prevalent in summer when the skin is moist and warmer. Typically, pink patches with minute scales gradually appear and enlarge.
The yeasts secrete some chemicals which interfere with the production of skin pigment. As a result,some patches change in color from pink to white.
Often topical treatment with a 2.25% Selenium Sulfide (Prescription ) solution is enough to clear a mild condition, but recurrences are common. In more severe cases, systemic treatment with an antifungal (Diflucan) in addition to the topical treatment can be very effective.
We use the above treatments and others, at Lakeviewderm.
To learn more about Tinea Versicolor call our office at 773-281-9200 or make an online apointment. Also, you can visit www.healthfromeast.com for more information.