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What is tinea versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is a common fungal skin infection characterized by lighter or darker patches on the skin. Patches are most often found on the chest or back and prevent the skin from tanning evenly. It occurs mostly in adolescence and early adulthood, but it can occur at any time.
What are the symptoms of tinea versicolor?
Typically, the only symptom of tinea versicolor is the white or light brown patches that appear on the skin. Patches may scale slightly but rarely itch or hurt.
Other common characteristics of the rash include:
The symptoms of tinea versicolor may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for diagnosis.
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