5 Things You Need to Know About Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor (TV) is a common skin condition caused by yeast overgrowth on the skin. The yeast lives normally on everyone's skin, but becomes overgrown in some people, especially during the warm summer months. The yeast thrives on oily, moist skin and usually grows on the chest and back, but it can sometimes grow on the face, neck, and arms.

TV can be easily diagnosed just by examining the skin, but sometimes your physician will scrape the skin to look for yeast. The yeast forms strands and little dots that look like spaghetti and meatballs when viewed though a microscope.

Doctor doing skin test to her patient
Doctor doing skin test to patient (Image: Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images)

Tinea versicolor (TV) is a common skin condition caused by yeast overgrowth on the skin. The yeast lives normally on everyone's skin, but becomes overgrown in some people, especially during the warm summer months. The yeast thrives on oily, moist skin and usually grows on the chest and back, but it can sometimes grow on the face, neck, and arms.

TV can be easily diagnosed just by examining the skin, but sometimes your physician will scrape the skin to look for yeast. The yeast forms strands and little dots that look like spaghetti and meatballs when viewed though a microscope.

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