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Pityriasis Versicolor

Pityriasis versicolor or tinea versicolor is a fungal skin infection, which results in patches of skin discoloration, itching, and scaling. It can affect the skin on the back, chest, neck, and upper arm, and the skin can appear lighter or darker. The yeast called Malassezia causes it.

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I have brown patches on my neck and chest. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have brown patches all around my neck and on my chest. On closer inspection these patches are actually made up of small brown or black spots. On my chest, they feel rough and have a matt texture. On my neck they are pretty much noticeably raised from the skin surface if I feel it wit...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What is the complaint in them? Is it itching, burning or painful? Have you taken treatment for Pityriasis versicolor?   Read Full »

How long does it take to cure tinea versicolor?

Query: Hello doctor, I had tinea versicolor on my right shoulder for the last few months, and I was on medication with Miconazole ointment for the same. Still, the white patches have not disappeared. What is the reason for it, and how long does it take to cure? Are there any complications?   Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and it seems like you are suffering from pityriasis versicolor. It is a fungal infection due to Malassezia furfur. Apply KZ (Ketoconazole) cream twice daily. Take tablet Fluconazole 450 mg single dose. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss wi...  Read Full »

Why is the color of skin under breast weird?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. About three days ago, I could see that the color of skin under my breast was weird. It does not hurt or itch. It is only on my left breast and on my right breast there is only like five small spots. I am very scared what it might be.   Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a possibility of pityriasis versicolor. Pityriasis versicolor is a superficial fungal infection caused by Malassezia furfur. The infection is more common in hot and humid weather conditions, which favor the growth of the fungus. Clinically, it present...  Read Full »

Can you suggest a skin cream for pityriasis versicolor?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this skin condition called pityriasis versicolor. My regular dermatologist prescribes a single dose of Fluconazole 450 mg and it recurs after a few weeks or months. Could you suggest something better to me like a skin cream?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query. I suggest using topical Clotrimazole cream local application twice daily and use 2 % Ketoconazole shampoo applied once daily for three consecutive days per week till the clearance of lesions. Other oral antifungals in case of relapse are Ketoc...  Read Full »

What could be the tiny spots present in the outer layer of penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old unmarried male. I have tiny white spots on the top of the penis and on the outer skin also. I do masturbation regularly. Please suggest any treatment for the removal of white spots.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Such white spots could be pearly penile papules or warts or fungal infection. Without seeing these spots, it is difficult to provide a definitive diagnosis. So please share a photo of the spots so I can make a confirmative diagnosis and suggest treatment.  Read Full »

What are the treatment for rashes which is present for almost three years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a rash for three years. It has started small but now it is really been bothering me.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like you have pityriasis versicolor, a superficial fungal infection (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Take the following medications: Tablet Fluconazole 400 mg one tablet today and then take another after a week. Use Ketoconazole 2 % shampo...  Read Full »

What should I do for weird rashes on the back of my arms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female in my mid 20's. I have noticed a weird pattern on the back of my arm today. I do not know how long it has been there. It does not hurt or do anything. Just wondering what it is? And what I need to do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Dhanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and to me it seems like pityriasis versicolor. It usually occur in humid weather or sunny season. Apply the following medications and it will be helpful.  Read Full »

I have round red spots under my armpits. I do not have itching or pain. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I suddenly noticed some round red spots under both my armpits. I do not feel any itches or pain, and it does not look like bumps on the skin. Instead, it is within the normal skin layer. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. This condition is known as pityriasis versicolor. It is a form of superficial fungal skin infection. The color of lesions can be dark or hyperpigmented, light or hypopigmented, red or erythematous. Different colors can be there so it is na...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for my dry and flaky dark patches?

Query: Hello doctor, I have mild eczema and PCOS. I have dark patches under my arms, breasts, stomach, and behind my neck. I also have lighter patches on my stomach and back. I have used antifungal creams to get rid of the dark patches, but it works only once. Right now, I am consuming less dairy and tryin...  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Dark patches are because of a fungal infection called pityriasis versicolor. I suggest you the below treatment plan. Cream Luliconazole is to be applied on the dark patches twice daily for a month. Venusia max lotion, to be applied to the w...  Read Full »

What are these small white, bumpy, itchy, and round dots on my neck?

Query: Hi,I have had small white dots on my neck for the past three months. These spots are bumpy and sometimes itchy. They are small and round, like the shape of small freckles. When I touch it, it is not smooth. What can it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please answer a few questions. Do you have any drug history or drug allergies? Do you have a history of atopy or allergies? Do you have an issue with excess sweating? Are you diabetic? Have you ever had any fungal infect...  Read Full »

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