Pityriasis versicolor

It is a common superficial cutaneous fungal infection characterized by pityriasiform desquamation and hypopigmented or hyperpigmented macules, located on the chest and back, caused by Malassezia furfur. It happens more in hot & humid weather or patients on long term steroids & Immunosuppressed patients.

The diagnosis is by appearance of ‘Spaghetti Meat Ball’ like picture on 30% KOH under microscopy. It can be treated with oral fluconazole and application of topical antifungals.

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