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What is pityriasis versicolor?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pityriasis versicolor, also called tinea versicolor, is a relatively common fungal infection of the skin. It occurs when a type of yeast that is normally found on the skin grows out of control. Anyone who has oily skin or sweats excessively may develop pityriasis versicolor.

Pityriasis versicolor can sometimes discolor your skin or cause your skin to become itchy or look scaly. Treatment is available in the form of antifungal medicines.

If you have any skin conditions or issues that you are concerned about, be sure to talk to your doctor or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

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