Pityriasis Versicolor, Tinea Versicolor, Dermatomycosis Furfuracea

Today on Thereadheadedpharmacist.com we will talk about Pityriasis Versicolor (Tinea Versicolor, Dermatomycosis Furfuracea). During the summer you can find unpleasant pale patches on the skin. If you think this is a summer fungal infection you should be aware that pityriasis probably existed earlier, but after the sun exposure it has become more visible. Pityriasis versicolor is a mild fungal infection, which is often repeated. It is more common in men, especially those who have increased sweating (hyperhidrosis), have oily skin (seborrhea) or need to get rid of dandruff. Dermatomycosis Furfuracea, also known as “the disease of young people” (patients predominantly are aged between 20 and 30 years) is more common in the summer months.

Pityriasis versicolor is caused by the fungus Pityrosporum ovale. It is in the form of spore a normal inhabitant of human skin. In some situations it can move from the harmless spore form and cause skin lesions. It can be caused by sweating, wearing clothing that prevents the evaporation of sweat, genetic predispositions, disorder of lymphokines production, pregnancy, low immunity (we recommend cordyceps sinensis and aronia for instant immunity boost) and poor diet. The fungus can cause the hair follicle infection, which is why the infections are repeatable. Tinea veersicolor does not attack other part of the hair, nails and mucous membranes. The disease is not contagious (not spread from human to human).

Pityriasis Versicolor Pictures & Treatment

Changes usually occur in the skin of neck, the upper half of the back and chest and upper arms. The disease rarely occurs on the face and forearms. Changes are round or oval. Eventually flow into larger areas. Initially have pink-brown color and later have the color of white coffee. Diseased skin is covered with small, powdery, whitish scales. The fungus produces azelaic acid that damages the melanocytes, so that diseased skin can not be black. Pityriasis versicolor is difficult to spot in the winter, when the diseased parts can be slightly darker or fainter than healthy skin. The problem is bigger at summer when the surrounding parts of the skin turn black. The part of the disease name (versicolor) means “skin changing color”. In addition to the typical appearance, the disease can occur (rarely) in the form of red bumps or pustules. It is the follicular form of disease (Pityrosporum folliculitis).

Pityriasis Versicolor, Tinea Versicolor Treatment

Diagnosis is made on the basis of appearance, of a specimen under a microscope or examination by Wood’s lamp when the yellow-green glow occurs. The disease may resemble to vitiligo, seborrheic dermatitis, pityriazis rosea, and the pale spots that remain after various inflammatory of skin. The Pityriasis versicolor treatment is carried out by daily baths followed by vigorously rubbing and wiping with rough towel. Then the solution of salicylic acid (5-8%) is applied and antibiotic in the form of cream or solution. Antimycotic creams (ketoconazole cream, clotrimazole, miconazole) are effective and are applied twice a day for two weeks. Successful is also selenium sulfide lotion (once daily for two weeks). People with the repeatable infection should periodically during the summer months use mild keratolytics and once or twice a week ketoconazole shampoo.