What is the prevalence of pediatric tinea versicolor in the US?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Lyubomir A Dourmishev, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Depending on the method and sensitivity of sampling methods, Malassezia species may be found in as many as 18% of infants and 90-100% of adults. Clinical tinea versicolor is more common in areas with higher temperatures and higher relative humidities. The incidence of this condition is approximately 2-8% of the population. The exact incidence is difficult to assess because many affected individuals may not seek medical attention.


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