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What is a tinea versicolor?

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In brief: A fungal infection

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause scaling and color changes.
It commonly occurs on the chest, shoulders and upper back. The fungus that causes it can be found in many places, including the sweat someone leaves behind on a weight room bench. That is a reason why you may be asked to wipe down equipment after using it.

In brief: A fungal infection

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause scaling and color changes.
It commonly occurs on the chest, shoulders and upper back. The fungus that causes it can be found in many places, including the sweat someone leaves behind on a weight room bench. That is a reason why you may be asked to wipe down equipment after using it.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Fungal skin problem

Tinea versicolor if a fungal skin infection, usually on the back, chest, abdomen, and neck.
Selsun blue shampoo, containing selenium, can help. A person can put selsun blue on the rash areas, wait 10-15 minutes, and then take his regular shower. If he does this once a day for 3 days, then once a week for 3 weeks, and then once a month, it should work. Skin color takes many months to even out.

In brief: Fungal skin problem

Tinea versicolor if a fungal skin infection, usually on the back, chest, abdomen, and neck.
Selsun blue shampoo, containing selenium, can help. A person can put selsun blue on the rash areas, wait 10-15 minutes, and then take his regular shower. If he does this once a day for 3 days, then once a week for 3 weeks, and then once a month, it should work. Skin color takes many months to even out.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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