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Flaky Skin caused by Fungus Reaction

Tinea Versicolor is a commonly found disease caused by fungus, also otherwise known as pityriasis versicolor. The condition creates small, blotches caused by the interference of the mold with the typical pigmentation of the skin.

The disease appears as a slim layer of mold over the skin. Symptoms of the disease include flaking botches of skin followed by affected areas that grow slowly. Exposure to the Sun results in the infected areas being more visible. Whilst the effect of the discoloration is most visible on dark skin, the disease can affect almost anyone and of any color of skin. The blotches can manifest themselves in a range of colors from pink to dark brown.

The ailment is more prone to be common in areas with high heat and humidity levels and manifests itself on the back, limbs and torso. Interestingly, the fungus is already present in the skin of a healthy individual and is normally found in the pores of the skin. When the fungus grows uncontrollably it causes Tinea versicolor. There are many factors responsible for the atypical growth of the fungus. Primary among these are weather conditions where excessive heat and humidity and the perspiration caused by it. Other factors could be excessively oily skin and hormonal differences.  The body's immune system is also a factor and when it's at ebb it is unable to restrain the growth of the fungus.

Tinea versicolor can be treated with over the counter options where antifungal creams and shampoos can alleviate the discomfort.  However, the skin may remain discolored for many days post effective medical attention until the skin retains its original pigmentation. Importantly, there is every possibility of the infection returning again. Expert medical is help is required if the skin does not respond to immediate solutions. This is necessary in cases where the blotches are spread over a wider area or the infection has recurred. The infection may then require stronger medical solutions. Because the symptoms of Tinea Versicolor are similar to other skin disorders, it requires a doctor to make an expert accurate diagnosis which can be done by a simple body check. In rare cases when the doctor is unsure, clinical analysis of skin flakes may be required. You may also be prescribed a topical solution which would need to be used over a certain time frame to ensure that the infection does not recur again.