Tinea versicolor

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An overview of the signs, symptoms, causes and treatment of the fungal skin infection tinea versicolor.

Key points

  • Tinea versicolor is a non-contagious, fungal skin infection common in adolescents.
  • Children with tinea versicolor have discoloured patches of skin.
  • Always see a doctor if you think your child has tinea versicolor.
  • Treatment with antifungal cream or lotion will usually reduce the discolouration after a few weeks.
Last updated: March 5th 2010