Skin diseases

Pityriasis versicolor

Lichen – a skin disease. There are several types of diseases, such as ringworm pink, lichen planus, pityriasis versicolor. Details pityriasis versicolor should be provided. Pityriasis versicolor is a fungal infection that affects the surface of the stratum corneum. The disease develops in patients suffering from excessive sweating. Pink spot at first, then yellow and brown color appears on the neck, upper torso and shoulders. They can be isolated or coalesce into large pockets. If scouring spots horny mass is removed as chips. After tan due to increased skin peeling usually white spots remain, resembling vitiligo.


  • The appearance of the skin round or oval spots.
  • If scouring spots horny mass is removed as chips.
  • White spots remain After tan..
  • Sometimes the itching.
  • If untreated, the spots coalesce into large lesions.


This disease is caused by skin fungus (lat. Malassezia furfur). The spores of the fungus can be found everywhere, but to the fungus could settled on the skin and caused lichen, an enabling environment is required, which is formed, for example, when there is excessive sweating. Pityriasis versicolor particularly common in tropical countries, but is also found in our area.


Drugs with antifungal activity (antimycotics) are applied to the affected area. Moreover, the skin should be cleaned using this green soap. It is very important to treat excessive sweating.

Some people use a home remedy: soap is applied to the affected areas of the skin, and after a while (after a lather dry) foam is washsd, using a stiff brush. The procedure is repeated several times. The fact that the fungus infects only the skin surface layer, and the application of this method is just promotes enhanced exfoliation of the stratum corneum.

Any change in the skin, if it does not disappear within several days, the doctor should inspect. Pityriasis versicolor is largely a cosmetic defect rather than a disease. However, not all people can independently determine exactly whether they suffer from pityriasis versicolor or any other disease of the skin.

After microscopic research of skin scrapings doctor will determine the causative agent. He will examine the skin using a fluorescent lamp Wood (research of the affected places in ultraviolet light). In the presence of the disease there is a characteristic yellow or brown glow. After identifying the pityriasis versicolor doctor will prescribe antifungal drugs and medical soap.

Course of the disease

Scaly spots appear in the armpit, chest, abdomen, shoulders and back. Spots can be round or oval, yellow, brown, rarely black. If the disease is untreated, small spots coalesce into large lesions. When scraping spots, minor defurfuration is detected. The disease is characterized by a prolonged course, often associated with psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Is it dangerous?

Pityriasis versicolor is not dangerous. The patient’s condition does not deteriorate substantially. Complications may arise in connection with the appearance of severe itching. In this case, frequent scratching leads to the defeat of the deeper layers of the skin, which promotes penetration into the body of dangerous pathogens of various diseases.

Contagiousness of versicolor dangerous is low. However, others do not use towels and washcloths of sick person. Change of underwear should be carried out every day.