Pityriasis versicolor

Dermatol Clin. 2003 Jul;21(3):413-29, v-vi. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(03)00039-1.


Pityriasis versicolor is a mild or chronic condition characterized by scaly hypopigmented or hyperpigmented lesions usually affecting the trunk. The lesions vary depending on tropical or temperate climates. The disease seems to occur mainly at adolescence when the sebaceous glands are more active. Malassezia yeasts have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this disease. The mycelial form of the fungus has been suggested to be the cause of lesions. Antifungal preparations have been used to treat the initial presentation effectively, although in a proportion of patients the disease tends to reoccur. They are available in a wide range of formulations and have been shown to be safe.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Administration, Oral
  • Antifungal Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Tinea Versicolor / diagnosis
  • Tinea Versicolor / drug therapy*
  • Tinea Versicolor / microbiology


  • Antifungal Agents