A Brief Guide to Pityriasis Versicolor

PITYRIASIS VERSICOLOR OR TINEA VERSICOLOR

is a fungal infection caused by malassezia sp that is :

  • not a contagious disease
  • can be found in all ages, mostly  in age between 20-40
  • sometimes itchy with sweating
  • various color such white, pinkish to brownish red

CHARACTERISTICS:

Maculous, partly pityriasiform, scaly depigmented lesions occurring particularly in seborrhoeic areas such as neck, face, upper arm, and upper body.

TREATMENT:

Pharmacologic:

1. Topical

Shampoo: Ketoconazole 2%, Selenium sulfide 2,5%, Zinc pyrithione 1%

Cream: Topical azole, Terbinafine 1%

2. Systemic

Tablet: Choice of Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, or Fluconazole

PREVENTIVE STEPS:

1. Wear breathable and loose clothes

2. Maintain good skin hygiene

3. Avoid sharing clothes and towel

4. Avoid excessive sweating

5. Avoid oily  products

6. Keep your skin dry

When to See Your Doctor:

1. As soon as symptoms start to visible

2. Symptoms worsen or don’t get better

3. New symptoms appear

Fever of 38C or higher

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