Tinea Versicolor (Pityriasis Versicolor)

  • Zoulikha ZarrabEmail author
  • Matteo Zanardelli
  • Aldona Pietrzak


Tinea versicolor (TV), also known as pityriasis versicolor, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. Normally it is caused by lipophilic fungi of the genus Malassezia. The fungal species inducing TV are M. globosa, M. sympodialis, and M. furfur. Clinical signs are very clear since different fungi species develop filaments and induce the peculiar stratum corneum damage, characterized by depigmentation and inflammation. TV is one of the commonest skin diseases with a wide geographical range. This infection may occur in healthy individuals and in immunocompromised patients, although it is not a marker of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoulikha Zarrab
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Matteo Zanardelli
    • 3
  • Aldona Pietrzak
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Rome “G. Marconi”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Centro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare Rigenerativa (CSRMR)RomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child HealthUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Pediatric Dermatology, Faculty of MedicineMedical University of LublinLublinPoland

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