If you have patches of discolored, dry skin, you may have a skin condition known as “tinea versicolor.” The condition can be effectively treated by Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham, a board-certified dermatologist who serves patients in the Greater Columbus area.
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection that gives the skin a discolored and scaly appearance. Because the fungus affects the pigmentation, the skin may look lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Also known as pityriasis versicolor, tinea versicolor is not contagious and is more of a cosmetic nuisance. The skin may be extremely dry at times and itch.
The fungus associated with tinea versicolor can be successfully managed with antifungal medications. As the pigmentation is allowed to return to a normal balance, the skin color will return as well, but this may take weeks or months. People who have tinea versicolor often have recurrences, especially during humid, warm weather.
Tinea versicolor can affect any area of the face and body. The fungus can also spread to surrounding skin if it is left untreated. Tinea versicolor most often develops on areas of the body that are frequently moist from perspiration, such as:
Some people can control their tinea versicolor with non-prescription strength antifungal medications. If these solutions do not work for you, Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend prescription-strength:
Some medications can be taken to prevent an outbreak of tinea versicolor, but you will always be at risk for developing an outbreak of the fungal infection.
Taking steps to control tinea versicolor on your own will simplify treatment and enhance the outcome. Avoid sunlight, use sunscreen and keep your skin dry on hot, humid days.
Managing the fungus associated with tinea versicolor may take a few weeks or months. Once the fungus is well controlled, your skin will be able to develop proper pigmentation. The pigmentation returns through a process of cell death and new cell development, so it may take a few months for your skin to return to a normal color.
Treatment for tinea versicolor at Downtown Dermatology is covered by specialty care under your medical insurance. Your insurance carrier will determine your out-of-pocket costs. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
Tinea versicolor is not a life-threatening or contagious condition. Most patients seek treatment from Dr. Hicks-Graham for cosmetic reasons.
If you are tired of feeling embarrassed by your tinea versicolor, contact Downtown Dermatology for a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham. She will recommend treatments that will control the fungus and help your skin return to a normal, healthy color.Tinea versicolor causes patches of red, dark and light-colored skin that looks scaly and dry. People in the Greater Columbus area who have the condition rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham of Downtown Dermatology.