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When are light-colored patches of skin a sign of tinea versicolor?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Light-colored patches of skin may be a sign of tinea versicolor if you have a certain type of fungal infection. You may not know it, but fungi naturally exist on your skin. Under some circumstances, the fungus overgrows and produces blotches of discolored, scaly skin. The patches might itch, too. You may be more likely to develop tinea versicolor if you have oily skin, perspire a lot, or live in a hot, humid climate. Undergoing certain medical therapies can trigger tinea versicolor, too. A doctor can prescribe antifungal medication to treat tinea versicolor, either oral (a pill) or topical (a lotion or shampoo).

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