You will be asked about your symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. A special light may be used to examine the skin. Pityriasis versicolor can be diagnosed by sight.
You may need to be referred to a specialist. A sample of the patch may be scraped off. It will be sent to a lab for testing.
Pityriasis versicolor is treated with antifungal medication. This may be:
Over-the-counter or prescription antifungal:
- Lotions or creams—used for 2 weeks
- Shampoos—left on for 5-10 minutes and rinsed off
- Prescription oral antifungal pills such as
Your skin may return to its normal color after the infection has cleared. It may take several months to a few years. The condition may also improve in the winter only to return in the summer.
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The College of Family Physician of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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