Epidemiology and Ecology of Pityriasis Versicolor

  • Jan Faergemann
Part of the Current Topics in Medical Mycology book series (CT MYCOLOGY, volume 3)


Pityriasis versicolor is a chronic superficial fungal disease. It is usually localized on the upper part of the chest or on the back, neck, or upper arms. Lesions may be red, brown, or white. They are often slightly scaling, papular, or nummular, or they may coalesce to involve larger areas of the body. The conidia and short hyphae of the lipophilic yeast Malassezia furfur (syn. Pityrosporum orbiculare) can be detected by microscopy.


Atopic Dermatitis Seborrheic Dermatitis Pityriasis Versicolor Human Stratum Corneum Tinea Versicolor 
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