©2018 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved. eMedicineHealth does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See Additional Information.

Fungal Skin Infections

Picture of Tinea Versicolor

Picture of Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. Affected areas may be lighter than or a different color than the surrounding skin. The characteristic scaly rash occurs most often on the back, chest, neck, and upper arms. The condition most commonly occurs in teens due to the contribution of oily skin. Tinea versicolor may either cause no symptoms or slight itching. When examined microscopically, skin affected by tinea versicolor may have a “spaghetti and meatballs” appearance due to clusters of fungal hyphae and spores.

Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: "Tinea Versicolor." American Academy of Dermatology.