Tinea Versicolor

Tinea Versicolor
Posted on 01/06/2018
Tinea Versicolor

Tinea VersicolorAt Dermatology Consultants, we truly believe that everyone deserves to love the skin they're in; and we proudly provide a wide variety of dermatology treatments to patients throughout the Lynchburg and Forest, VA area to help achieve that. Our dermatologists treat a large range of skin conditions and infections, ranging from minor and cosmetic dermatology issues to more serious conditions.

If you've noticed spotty discoloration in your skin, you may have tinea versicolor – and we can help.

What Is Tinea Versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. This overgrowth causes patches of lighter or darker skin, and can also cause scaliness in those areas. It isn't contagious or harmful, but it can be a cosmetic annoyance for some people.

Is Tinea Versicolor Serious?

Generally, no. Everyone has yeast living on or in their skin, and tinea versicolor is simply a byproduct of when that yeast gets a little out of control. Tinea versicolor is most common in oily sections of skin like the face, neck, chest, and back, as yeast thrives in oily environments. Tinea versicolor may go away on its own without treatment or it may persist, and it often changes based on the weather; generally, heat and humidity can worsen tinea versicolor.

How to Treat Tinea Versicolor

If you've noticed patches of discolored skin and think you may have tinea versicolor, there are a number of at home remedies you can try, as well as prescription medications our dermatologists can provide. As tinea versicolor is a yeast, some over-the-counter antifungal creams and lotions can help control it. You may also try using an anti-dandruff shampoo on the affected skin—dandruff is also commonly caused by a yeast, so the same ingredients can sometimes help control tinea versicolor.

If you'd like a stronger treatment, or are experiencing a more severe case of tinea versicolor, Dermatology Consultants can help. We can better pinpoint the exact nature of your condition and prescribe professional tinea versicolor treatment.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Lynchburg & Forest, VA Dermatologist

For most people, tinea versicolor is nothing more than a cosmetic annoyance. However, if tinea versicolor is a nuisance to you or affecting how you feel about your skin, our dermatologists can provide professional treatment. Contact us at our Lynchburg, VA office today to learn more and schedule your appointment.