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PityriasisVersicolor. By: Abby Kaff Anatomy 6 th hour . Pityrasis Versicolor is also know as Tinea Versicolor . It is a skin rash caused by a yeast-like germ ( Malassezia ) that multiplies on the skin. Small numbers of this germ live on the skin, but do no harm to the hostess.

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By: Abby Kaff


6th hour

what is pityrasis versicolor

PityrasisVersicolor is also know as TineaVersicolor.

  • It is a skin rash caused by a yeast-like germ (Malassezia) that multiplies on the skin.
  • Small numbers of this germ live on the skin, but do no harm to the hostess.
What is PityrasisVersicolor?
where does it affect

PityriasisVersicolor affects only the upmost layer of the skin.

  • Fungal elements may also be seen within the outer cells of the skin, the stratum corneum.
Where does it affect?
signs and symptoms

The rashes spots are lighter and in some cases are darker. The color ranging from white, pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.

  • Spots can become dry and scaly.
  • Skin may begin to itch where the spots are.
  • Spots become more noticeable the more the host tans.
  • As the yeast grows it starts to form patches or rash.
  • Spots disappear in cold temperature and reappear in warm temperatures.
Signs and Symptoms

Hot, humid weather.

  • Excessive sweating.
  • Oily skin.
  • A weakened immune system.
cure treatment

Medicine applied to the skin, anti-fungal shampoos, soaps, creams, and lotions. This can control the yeast from spreading.

  • Medicated cleansers, only used in warm months.
  • Anti fungal pills if yeast is thick and hard to control, in worst case senario.
Cure/ Treatment
worst cases

The color of the rash may be a displeasing color.

  • There is also an emotional aspect to having the rash.
  • One may feel like a victim of this skin disorder, but is easily treated.
Worst Cases

PityriasisVersicolor is most commonly found on teens due to their oily skin.

  • The yeast usually grows in seborrhoeic areas (face, scalp, and chest).
  • There is an estimated amount of 2-8% of the United States population that has PityriasisVersicolor.

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  • Online Sources
  • http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q---t/tinea-versicolor
  • http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tinea-versicolor-cause-symptoms-treatments
  • http://dermnetnz.org/fungal/pityriasis-versicolor.html