Less than 1% of us will have Pityriasis Versicolor, but it’s worth letting our readers know that it appears mostly during the summer months in the United Kingdom.
Pityriasis Versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It is common in healthy teenagers and young people because the conditions that favour the infection are warm, humid environments, excessive sweating, wearing occlusive clothing, and poor diet which are common attributes in young people.
Pityriasis Versicolor usually causes patches of skin to change to varying colours like red, pink, brown, or almost white. It often appears in the oily rich area of the skin like the upper trunk, arms, neck, and tummy.
Pityriasis Versicolor is not contagious. One will certainly need treatment for it to resolve, as treatment is highly effective but needs to be repeated as it can reoccur. Your GP can diagnose Pityriasis Versicolor and commence treatment following a consultation. For concerns about Pityriasis Versicolor or you are not sure what you have on your skin, you can book a video consultation with our private GP.