Tinea versicolorTTinea versicolorTinea versicolorEnglishDermatologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-05T05:00:00ZSheila Jacobson, MBBCh, FRCPC8.0000000000000061.0000000000000431.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>An overview of the signs, symptoms, causes and treatment of the fungal skin infection tinea versicolor.</p><h2>What is tinea versicolor? </h2> <p>Tinea versicolor is a fungal skin infection. Fungal infections are also called tinea. The fungus disturbs the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small discoloured patches of skin. The skin condition usually occurs in adolescents. Their sebaceous glands are overactive. The sebaceous glands produce oils that lubricate hair and skin.</p> <p>Unlike many <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=794&language=English">fungal infections</a>, tinea versicolor is not contagious. It does not pass from person to person. The fungus is often found on the skin of people who have no rash.<br></p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Tinea versicolor is a non-contagious, fungal skin infection common in adolescents.</li> <li>Children with tinea versicolor have discoloured patches of skin.</li> <li>Always see a doctor if you think your child has tinea versicolor.</li> <li>Treatment with antifungal cream or lotion will usually reduce the discolouration after a few weeks.</li> </ul><h2>Signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor</h2><p>Discoloured patches of skin are the main symptom of this condition. They can appear on the back, chest, neck and upper arms. The patches may have the following characteristics:</p><ul><li>darker than the surrounding skin on pale skin</li><li>lighter than the surrounding skin on dark skin</li><li>slight flakiness</li><li>well-defined borders</li><li>mild itchiness</li><li>patches can become more noticeable after sun exposure</li></ul><p>The infection is most likely to occur when it is warm outside or in a humid climate. </p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Tinea versicolor</span> <img alt="Teen with tinea versicolor fungal infection on back, shoulders and arms" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Tinea_versicolor_MEDIMG_PHO_EN.jpg" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">The small, discoloured patches of skin seen in tinea versicolor are caused by a fungal infection.</figcaption> </figure><h2>Causes of tinea versicolor</h2> <p>Tinea versicolor occurs when a fungus invades the outer layer of the skin. The following factors may set off an overgrowth of the fungus, resulting in tinea versicolor:</p> <ul> <li>hot or humid weather</li> <li>oily skin</li> <li>excessive sweating</li> <li>hormonal changes</li> <li>having a suppressed immune system </li> </ul><h2>Treating tinea versicolor</h2> <p>Your child's doctor will likely prescribe an antifungal cream or lotion that contains antifungal medications like ketoconazole, selenium sulfide and clotrimazole. If your child's condition is mild, an over-the-counter cream (such as Selsun Blue) applied to a large area of the skin will usually help the skin regain its normal appearance in a few weeks. Your doctor may also advise you to expose the discoloured skin to air as much as possible. Oral medications may be prescribed if the condition gets worse. Tinea versicolor often returns after treatment.</p><h2>When to seek medical assistance</h2> <p>Make an appointment with your child's doctor as soon as discoloured patches appear on the skin. Tinea versicolor is not contagious or harmful. It can endure if not treated.</p>
Pityriasis versicolorPPityriasis versicolorTinea versicolorFrenchDermatologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-05T05:00:00ZSheila Jacobson, MBBCh, FRCPC8.0000000000000061.0000000000000431.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<h2>Qu'est-ce que le pityriasis versicolor?</h2><p>Le pityriasis versicolor est une mycose cutanée. Les mycoses cutanées sont également nommées « pityriasis ». Les champignons perturbent la pigmentation normale de la peau, ce qui provoque la décoloration de petites plaques de peau. Cette affection cutanée se produit habituellement chez les adolescents car leurs glandes sébacées sont hyperactives. Les glandes sébacées produisent des huiles qui lubrifient la peau et les cheveux.</p><p>Contrairement à de nombreuses <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=794&language=French">mycoses cutanée</a>s, le pityriasis versicolor n'est pas contagieux. Il ne se propage pas d'une personne à l'autre. Ce champignon se retrouve souvent sur la peau des personnes qui n'affichent pas d'éruption.<br></p> <h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li> Le pityriasis versicolor est une mycose cutanée qui n'est pas contagieuse. Elle est courante chez les adolescents.</li><li> Les enfants qui souffrent de pityriasis versicolor affichent des plaques de peau décolorée.</li><li> Consultez un médecin si vous croyez que votre enfant souffre de pityriasis versicolor.</li><li> Une crème ou une lotion antifongique permet habituellement de réduire la décoloration après quelques semaines. <br></li></ul><h2>Signes et symptômes associés au pityriasis versicolor </h2><p>Des plaques de peau décolorées sont les principaux symptômes de cette affection. Elles peuvent apparaître sur le dos, la poitrine, le cou et le haut des bras. Les plaques peuvent avoir les caractéristiques suivantes : </p><ul><li> Elles peuvent être plus foncées que la peau environnante chez les personnes de teint pâle.</li><li> Elles peuvent être plus pâles que la peau environnante chez les personnes de teint foncé.</li><li>Elles pourraient desquamer légèrement.</li><li>Elles pourraient afficher un contour bien défini.</li><li>Elles pourraient démanger légèrement.<br></li><li>Elles pourraient être plus visibles après une exposition au soleil.</li></ul><p>Cette affection se manifeste plus couramment lorsqu'il fait chaudou lorsque le climat est humide. </p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Pityriasis versicolor</span> <img alt="Adolescent avec une infection au champignon pityriasis versicolor sur le dos, les épaules et les bras" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Tinea_versicolor_MEDIMG_PHO_FR.jpg" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Les petites lésions décolorées de la peau caractéristiques du pityriasis versicolor sont causées par un champignon.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Causes du pityriasis versicolor </h2> <p>Le pityriasis versicolor se produit lorsqu'un champignon s'infiltre dans la couche externe de la peau. Les facteurs suivants peuvent déclencher une croissance du champignon et engendrer le pityriasis versicolor :</p> <ul> <li>tempschaudou humide;</li> <li>peau huileuse;</li> <li>transpiration excessive;</li> <li>changements hormonaux;</li> <li>système immunitaire affaibli.</li> </ul><h2>Traiter le pityriasis versicolor</h2> <p>Le médecin de votre enfant lui prescrira probablement une crème ou lotion antifongique qui contient des médicaments antifongiques comme du kétoconazole, du sulfure de sélénium et du clotrimazole. Si l’affection de votre enfant est légère, une crème disponible sans prescription (comme du Selsun Blue) appliquée à une grande région de la peau permet normalement à la peau de reprendre son apparence normale dans quelques semaines. Votre médecin pourrait également vous conseiller d'exposer la peau décolorée à l’air autant que possible. Des médicaments pourraient être prescrits si l'affection s'aggrave. Le pityriasis versicolor réapparaît souvent après le traitement.</p><h2>À quel moment faut-il obtenir de l’aide médicale?</h2> <p>Prenez rendez-vous avec le médecin de votre enfant aussitôt que des plaques de peau décolorée apparaissent. Le pityriasis versicolor n'est ni contagieux ni dangereux. Il peut persister s'il n'est pas traité. </p>

 

 

Tinea versicolor787.000000000000Tinea versicolorTinea versicolorTEnglishDermatologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-05T05:00:00ZSheila Jacobson, MBBCh, FRCPC8.0000000000000061.0000000000000431.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>An overview of the signs, symptoms, causes and treatment of the fungal skin infection tinea versicolor.</p><h2>What is tinea versicolor? </h2> <p>Tinea versicolor is a fungal skin infection. Fungal infections are also called tinea. The fungus disturbs the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small discoloured patches of skin. The skin condition usually occurs in adolescents. Their sebaceous glands are overactive. The sebaceous glands produce oils that lubricate hair and skin.</p> <p>Unlike many <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=794&language=English">fungal infections</a>, tinea versicolor is not contagious. It does not pass from person to person. The fungus is often found on the skin of people who have no rash.<br></p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Tinea versicolor is a non-contagious, fungal skin infection common in adolescents.</li> <li>Children with tinea versicolor have discoloured patches of skin.</li> <li>Always see a doctor if you think your child has tinea versicolor.</li> <li>Treatment with antifungal cream or lotion will usually reduce the discolouration after a few weeks.</li> </ul><h2>Signs and symptoms of tinea versicolor</h2><p>Discoloured patches of skin are the main symptom of this condition. They can appear on the back, chest, neck and upper arms. The patches may have the following characteristics:</p><ul><li>darker than the surrounding skin on pale skin</li><li>lighter than the surrounding skin on dark skin</li><li>slight flakiness</li><li>well-defined borders</li><li>mild itchiness</li><li>patches can become more noticeable after sun exposure</li></ul><p>The infection is most likely to occur when it is warm outside or in a humid climate. </p> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Tinea versicolor</span> <img alt="Teen with tinea versicolor fungal infection on back, shoulders and arms" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Tinea_versicolor_MEDIMG_PHO_EN.jpg" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">The small, discoloured patches of skin seen in tinea versicolor are caused by a fungal infection.</figcaption> </figure><h2>Causes of tinea versicolor</h2> <p>Tinea versicolor occurs when a fungus invades the outer layer of the skin. The following factors may set off an overgrowth of the fungus, resulting in tinea versicolor:</p> <ul> <li>hot or humid weather</li> <li>oily skin</li> <li>excessive sweating</li> <li>hormonal changes</li> <li>having a suppressed immune system </li> </ul><h2>Treating tinea versicolor</h2> <p>Your child's doctor will likely prescribe an antifungal cream or lotion that contains antifungal medications like ketoconazole, selenium sulfide and clotrimazole. If your child's condition is mild, an over-the-counter cream (such as Selsun Blue) applied to a large area of the skin will usually help the skin regain its normal appearance in a few weeks. Your doctor may also advise you to expose the discoloured skin to air as much as possible. Oral medications may be prescribed if the condition gets worse. Tinea versicolor often returns after treatment.</p><h2>Preventing tinea versicolor</h2> <p>To avoid getting tinea versicolor again, your child or teenager should try the following tips:</p> <ul> <li>Do not use oily products on the skin.</li> <li>Do not wear tight, non-breathable clothing.</li> <li>Wear sun-protective clothing like hats or long sleeves.</li> </ul><h2>When to seek medical assistance</h2> <p>Make an appointment with your child's doctor as soon as discoloured patches appear on the skin. Tinea versicolor is not contagious or harmful. It can endure if not treated.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Tinea_versicolor.jpgTinea versicolor

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