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When can pityriasis versicolor become serious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Pityriasis versicolor can become more serious if it is untreated. With the proper treatment, the yeast that causes this common skin infection is easy to control, and the infection can be eliminated. Without treatment, pityriasis versicolor can spread and cover a greater portion of your skin.

An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan are the first steps toward clearing up pityriasis versicolor and moving toward good skin health. Talk with your doctor or dermatologist about any skin issues or rashes that may itch or become scaly. Effective treatment options are available.

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