Pityriasis Versicolor is a fungal infection. Yeast lives on the skin that does not cause problems most of the time. However, yeast can grow out of control, causing a fungal infection. Pityriasis versicolor is not painful or contagious, but it does create discolored patches on the skin because it interferes with the skin’s pigmentation. Even though the fungal infection is not contagious or painful, it can cause a person to be self-conscious, primarily if the infection spreads to large areas of the body. It is important to understand the symptoms of the fungal infection so that you can seek treatment.
Usually, the first sign that you are suffering from pityriasis versicolor is spotting on your skin. The spots can be darker or lighter than your skin tone. In some individuals, the blemishes can be tan, salmon, brown, red, or pink. Spots can appear anywhere on your body because pityriasis versicolor is not limited to one or two areas of the body. However, the most common areas for pityriasis versicolor is the chest, upper arms, back, or neck. For some individuals, spots may not cause any other symptoms or symptoms might be delayed. Therefore, if spots are faint and do not cause other symptoms, they can be mistaken for other skin diseases.
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