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How common is pityriasis versicolor?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pityriasis versicolor is a fairly common fungal infection of the skin. It develops when yeast that is normally on your body simply grows out of control. Pityriasis versicolor is most common in adolescent and young adult males.

While pityriasis versicolor can be treated successfully, it can come back. Most times, pityriasis versicolor comes back when people are in warm, humid weather or have excessive oil or sweat on their skin.

If you have concerns about your skin condition or think you may have some of the symptoms of pityriasis versicolor, talk to your doctor or dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment options.

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