Pityriasis versicolor

Pityriasis versicolor is a superficial fungal infection of the skin.
It is caused by the fungus Malassezia furfur which is a normal inhabitant of the hair follicle, but in certain conditions (treatment with corticosteroids, immunosuppressive conditions, high temperature and humidity of the environment, excess weight, increased sweating, etc.) acquires pathogenic properties and can cause the characteristic rash of the disease.
The disease occurs mainly during the warm months of spring, summer and autumn. Young people, actively arguing and persons with increased fat and sweat secretion are more often affected.
The disease is characterized by single or scattered, finely scaly spots, the color of which varies from dirty yellow, pink, brownish to whitish, hence the name of the disease. Most often, spots are located on the chest, back, armpits and neck. Sometimes patients report mild itching.


The condition has a benign course but often recurs. Therefore, prophylaxis with antifungal agents is recommended, usually in early spring.

It is treated with local antifungal agents in the form of creams, lotions, shampoos, and in case of greater involvement and in people who do not respond to local treatment, drugs can also be administered orally. It is also recommended to iron the clothes that are in contact with the affected areas of the skin.