A 32-year-old member asked:
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how can i tell tinea versicolor from vitiligo?

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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
No scale in vitiligo: Both can whitish but there is no scale in vitiligo. Vitiligo rarely itches. Tinea versicolor usually occurs in areas of the trunk or close to the trunk. It occurs primarily in oily areas and more common in summer/ warm and humid months.
Answered on Dec 8, 2019
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Simple: You can have a dermatologist perform a skin scraping as well as you can try anti-fungal shampoos or lotions. If it resolves with anti-fungal therapy it is tinea versicolor. Vitiligo is a permanent autoimmune disease where the melanin is lost for good.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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Dr. R Condon Hughes
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Lots!: Vitiligo is a loss of pigment in the basal layer of the skin, while tinea versicolor is a superficial fungal infection.
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Dr. Kudus Akinde
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Maybe, maybe not: Vitiligo is the complete absence of pigment in an area of skin. Tinea versicolor often shows a light patch of skin but it still contains pigment. Ther ... Read More
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See derm again: Vitiligo is not associated with pain or itching. Given that this is considered an autoimmune problem, you may have an autoimmune disease on the face ( ... Read More
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