Tinea Versicolor | Symptoms & Causes

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:

  • white, pink or brown patches
  • infection only on the top layers of the skin
  • usually occurs on the trunk
  • does not usually occur on the face
  • patches that worsen in the heat or humidity, or if your child is on steroid therapy or has a weakened immune system
  • patches that are most noticeable in the summer

The symptoms of tinea versicolor may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for diagnosis.