Tinea versicolor is a mild yeast infection of the skin. Yeasts are a type of fungus.
Tinea versicolor is caused by a yeast infection. It's different from the yeast infection called candidiasis Candidiasis (Yeast Infection) Candidiasis is an infection by Candida yeast. Because yeast is a type of fungus, candidiasis is a fungal infection, but it's usually referred to as a yeast infection. Candida yeast usually live... read more (thrush).
You're more likely to get tinea versicolor if you:
Doctors may treat tinea versicolor with:
Your skin may not go back to its normal color for months or years after treatment.
The infection often comes back after treatment. To keep it from coming back, doctors may have you use special soap or apply antifungal cream once a month.