Pityriasis versicolor

Pityriasis versicolor

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Pityriasis versicolor


Pityriasis versicolor, also known as tinea versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin.  It is caused by an overgrowth of a type of yeast called Malassezia, which is naturally found on the skin’s surface.


Tinea versicolor signs and symptoms include:

  • Patches of skin discoloration, usually on the back, chest, neck, upper arms and feet which may appear lighter or darker than usual
  • Mild itching
  • Scaling

What causes tinea versicolor?

An overgrowth of yeast on your skin’s surface causes tinea versicolor. This yeast thrives in warm, moist and oily environments, causing it to grow out of control in small colonies.  These yeast colonies cause the symptoms of tinea versicolor.

Some things that can trigger the yeast to grow out of control are:

  • Hormonal changes.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Hot, humid weather.
  • Sweating.
  • Oily skin.
Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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