What is the prognosis of pediatric tinea versicolor?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Lyubomir A Dourmishev, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Prognosis is excellent. Although tinea versicolor is recurrent in some patients, the condition remains treatable.

Morbidity primarily results from the discoloration. The adverse cosmetic effect of lesions may lead to significant emotional distress, particularly in adolescents. Tinea versicolor frequently recurs despite adequate initial therapy. Even with adequate therapy, residual pigmentary changes may take several weeks to resolve.

The yeasts of the genus Malassezia have been associated with numerous other diseases that affect the human skin, such as Malassezia (Pityrosporum) folliculitis, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, confluent and reticulated papillomatosis, onychomycosis, and transient acantholytic dermatosis.

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