Tinea Versicolor - Similar Conditions

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What other conditions resemble tinea versicolor?

The following conditions are sometimes indistinguishable from tinea versicolor on simple inspection:

  • Pityriasis alba: This is a mild form of eczema (seen in young people) that produces mild, patchy lightening of the face, shoulders, or torso.
  • Vitiligo: This condition results in a permanent loss of pigment. Vitiligo is more likely to affect the skin around the eyes and lips or the knuckles and joints. Spots are porcelain white and, unlike those of tinea versicolor, are permanent.
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Comment from: Jmannnn., 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

Before I found out I had versicolor, I thought I had vitiligo, because the areas on my body that have a yeast infection have big spots.

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