Have you observed that certain areas of your skin fail to tan in summer and look like discolored hypo or hyper-pigmented patches, in that case, you probably are afflicted by a fungal infection named Tinea Versicolor or Pityriasis Versicolor?

This disease is mainly due to the reasons for not getting proper sunlight or sunbath in the body hidden parts, staying in humid or dirtied places bD HYGIENES, eating sweet foods more and body blood becomes contaminated.

Tinea Versicolor is a skin condition initiated by an overgrowth of Malassezia furfur, also known as Pityrosporum orbiculare, a yeast that makes its home on the skin’s surface. This yeast transforms to a pathogenic form, roves under the skin, producing Azelaic acid, which turns off melanin-producing cells in the skin. The yeast colonizes in the pores of the skin and thrives in oily areas such as the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back and folds of skin such as arms, skin under the breasts or groins. This overgrowth outcome is a fungal infection that causes patchy skin color, scaling and itching. The affected skin changes color and becomes either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

Tinea, often called ringworm, is any of a variety of skin mycoses.Tinea is a very common fungal infection of the skin. Tinea is often called "ringworm" because the rash is circular, with a ring-like appearance.

It is sometimes equated with dermatophytosis, and, while most conditions identified as "tinea" are members of the imperfect fungi that make up the dermatophytes, conditions such as tinea nigra and tinea versicolor are not caused by dermatophytes.

Different type of TINEAS(Ringworm)

Tinea pedis (foot)

Athlete's foot (also known as "ringworm of the foot",tinea pedum, and "moccasin foot") is a common and contagious skin disease that causes itching, scaling, flaking, and sometimes blistering of the affected areas. Its medical name is tinea pedis, a member of the group of diseases or conditions known as tinea, most of which are dermatophytoses (fungal infections of the skin), which in turn are mycoses (broad category of fungal infections). Globally, athlete's foot affects about 15% of the population.

Tinea pedis is caused by fungi such as Epidermophyton floccosum or fungi of the Trichophyton genus including T. rubrum and T. mentagrophytes.These fungi are typically transmitted in moist communal areas where people go barefoot, such as around swimming pools or in showers, and require a warm moist environment like the inside of a shoe to incubate. Fungal infection of the foot may be acquired (or reacquired) in many ways, such as by walking in an infected locker room, by using an infested bathtub, by sharing a towel used by someone with the disease, by touching the feet with infected fingers (such as after scratching another infected area of the body), or by wearing fungi-contaminated socks or shoes. 

Tinea manuum (hand)

Tinea manuum (or tinea manus) is a fungal infection of the hand. It is typically more aggressive than tinea pedis but similar in look. Itching, burning, cracking, and scaling are observable and may be transmitted sexually or otherwise, whether or not symptoms are present.

Tinea cruris (groin) 

Tinea cruris, also known as "crotch itch", "crotch rot", "Dhobie itch", "eczema marginatum", "gym itch","jock itch", "jock rot", "scrot rot" and "ringworm of the groin"is a dermatophyte fungal infection of the groin region in any sex, though more often seen in males. In the German sprachraum this condition is called tinea inguinalis (from Latin inguen = groin) whereas tinea cruris is used for a dermatophytosis of the lower leg (Latin crus).

Tinea cruris is similar to, but different from Candidal intertrigo, which is an infection of the skin by Candida albicans. It is more specifically located between intertriginous folds of adjacent skin, which can be present in the groin or scrotum, and be indistinguishable from fungal infections caused by tinia. However, candidal infections tend to both appear and disappear with treatment more quickly. It may also affect the scrotum.

Tinea corporis  

Tinea corporis (also known as "ringworm", tinea circinata, and tinea glabrosa) is a superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs, especially on glabrous skin; however, it may occur on any part of the body.

Tinea capitis 

Tinea capitis (also known as "Herpes tonsurans", "Ringworm of the hair, "Ringworm of the scalp," "Scalp ringworm",and "Tinea tonsurans") is a superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the scalp. The disease is primarily caused by dermatophytes in the Trichophyton and Microsporum genera that invade the hair shaft. The clinical presentation is typically single or multiple patches of hair loss, sometimes with a 'black dot' pattern (often with broken-off hairs), that may be accompanied by inflammation, scaling, pustules, and itching. Uncommon in adults, tinea capitis is predominantly seen in pre-pubertal children, more often boys than girls.

Tinea faciei 

Tinea faciei is a fungal infection of the face.
It generally appears as a red rash on the face, followed by patches of small, raised bumps. The skin may peel while it is being treated.
Tinea faciei is contagious just by touch and can spread easily to all regions of skin.

Tinea barbae (beard)

Tinea barbæ (also known as "Barber's itch," "Ringworm of the beard," and "Tinea sycosis" is a fungal infection of the hair. Tinea barbae is due to a dermatophytic infection around the bearded area of men. Generally, the infection occurs as a follicular inflammation, or as a cutaneous granulomatous lesion, i.e. a chronic inflammatory reaction. It is one of the causes of folliculitis. It is most common among agricultural workers, as the transmission is more common from animal-to-human than human-to-human. The most common causes are Trichophyton mentagrophytes and T. verrucosum.

Tinea imbricata (overlapping pattern)

Tinea imbricata (also known as "Tokelau") is a superficial fungal infection of the skin limited to southwest Polynesia, Melanesia, Southeast Asia, India, and Central America.

Tinea nigra  

Tinea nigra (also known as "superficial phaeohyphomycosis,"and "Tinea nigra palmaris et plantaris") is a superficial fungal infection that causes dark brown to black painless patches on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Tinea versicolor 

Tinea versicolor (also known as dermatomycosis furfuracea, pityriasis versicolor, and tinea flava) is a condition characterized by a skin eruption on the trunk and proximal extremities. Recent research has shown that the majority of tinea versicolor is caused by the Malassezia globosa fungus, although Malassezia furfur is responsible for a small number of cases. These yeasts are normally found on the human skin and only become troublesome under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment, although the exact conditions that cause initiation of the disease process are poorly understood.

Tinea incognito 

Tinea incognito is a fungal infection (mycosis) of the skin caused by the presence of a topical immunosuppressive agent. The usual agent is a topical corticosteroid (topical steroid). As the skin fungal infection has lost some of the characteristic features due to suppression of inflammation, it may have a poorly defined border, skin atrophy, telangiectasia, and florid growth. Occasionally, secondary infection with bacteria occurs with concurrent pustules and impetigo.

Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor:


  • Small, scaly, white, pink, brown or reddish brown spots on various parts of the body.
  • Spots may be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin.
  • These patches grow slowly and are more discernible after sun exposure.
  • Itching.
  • Increased sweating.


Conditions that resemble Tinea Versicolor:

  • Pityriasis Alba: a form of Eczema that produces patchy lightening of the skin.
  • Vitiligo or Leucoderma: loss of melanin pigment.


Self care measures for Tinea Versicolor:


  • Avoid applying oily products to your skin.
  • Avoid wearing tight, restrictive clothing.
  • Avoid excessive heat and sweating.
  • Always wear sun block lotion when exposed to sun.
  • Eat a balanced healthy diet.
  • Adhere to good hygiene.
  •  Garlic is a very good antifungal agent.

Causes of Tinea Versicolor:


  • Oily skin.
  • Undue sweating.
  • Malnourishment.
  • Humid climate.
  • Hormonal imbalance.
  • Low immune system.
  • Pregnant women and diabetics are easily prone too get this infection.
  • Birth control pills, antibiotic, steroid or immunosuppressant therapy

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Homoeopathy has shown incredibly optimistic results in cases of Tinea Versicolor. Homeopathy considers Tinea Versicolor or any skin disorders as a local expression of a system disturbance, a manifestation of an internal imbalance that needs to be treated from within. Homeopathic remedies work on strengthening your immune system which further assists in preventing infections, maintaining a clear skin, in staying robust and living a vivacious life. Homeopathy offers a comprehensive constitutional treatment, which treats the body internally and externally by getting to the root of the problem and in due course restores the hypo or hyper-pigmented patches back to the normal skin color. Homeopathic constitutional approach takes care of hyper or hypo pigmentation along with treating the person as a whole and improving the general health of the patient. Homeopathic remedies treat the fungal infection and turn on the melanin producing cells in the skin. This further improves the texture of the skin, trims down occurrence of new patches, and slowly reverts to its normal condition without leaving any pigmentation. As Homeopathy treats Tinea Versicolor from within, when the constitutional treatment is completed satisfactorily, it is unlikely that the patches reappear again as compared to treatment with conventional medicines. Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, harmless, easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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