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The color of skin under my breast is weird. What might it be?

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Published At July 8, 2014
Reviewed AtFebruary 2, 2024

Patient's 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.

Answered by Dr. Sushil Kakkar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 presents as light brown colored patches with fine, brawny scaling and resolves with post-inflammatory hypopigmentation.

A single oral dose of an oral antifungal like Fluconazole 400 mg is curative. Itraconazole 200 mg once daily for a week is an alternative. Also, apply 2 % Ketoconazole lotion over the whole affected area while showering, lather it well and leave it on for five minutes daily for five days.

Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation takes some time to respond. Repigmentation can be hastened by daily sun exposure for five to 10 minutes.

Repeated recurrences are common and the patches may seem to persist forever, with new patches appearing while older one resolve.

Revert back with pictures of the lesion to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sushil Kakkar
Dr. Sushil Kakkar


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