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By Mayo Clinic staff


Tinea versicolor (TIN-ee-uh vur-si-KUL-ur), also called pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, discolored patches.

These patches may be lighter or darker in color than the surrounding skin and most commonly affect the trunk and shoulders. Tinea versicolor occurs most frequently in teens and young adults. Sun exposure may make tinea versicolor more apparent.

Antifungal creams, lotions or shampoos can help treat tinea versicolor. But even after successful treatment, skin color may remain uneven for several weeks. Tinea versicolor often recurs, especially in warm, humid weather.


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Seborrheic dermatitis

2011-09-24 13:37:26 by Otto_Negme

"Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that makes the skin look greasy, scaly and flaky. It usually affects the scalp. In adolescents and adults, seborrheic dermatitis is commonly called 'dandruff.'"
"Doctors don’t know the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis. The cause may be different in infants and adults. Seborrheic dermatitis may run in families. The condition seems to be related to hormones, because the disorder often appears in infancy and disappears before puberty. Or the cause might be a fungus, called malassezia. This organism is normally present on the skin in small numbers, but sometimes its numbers increase, resulting in skin problems

You expect a straight answer in here?

2003-04-03 18:22:14 by bwahahahaha

You're lucky you werent barraged with nothing but questions ("Why do you want to know?" "Do you have dandruff?") or suggestions on how to cure it ("Just eat a raw foods diet and you'll never have dandruff again!")
Ok, I'm totally exagerating but you get what I mean.
But maybe this is a little more detailed for you...
Q: What causes dandruff?
A: The leading cause of dandruff is believed to be a naturally occurring fungus found on almost everyone's scalp called Malassezia. This fungus feeds on your scalp's natural oils and creates byproducts and acids that cause irritation to the scalp

My journey to a fog free brain: Cutting out yeast and sugar  — Yahoo! Lifestyle UK
On one visit I was diagnosed with a fungal skin rash, a fungal nail infection and thrush again only to have my theory of a "fungal" common thread dismissed.

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