At first, it was only a small patch but then it spread all over your skin from the back, on your shoulders and on the chest. That is no skin discoloration or anything of that kind but a common fungal infection that causes lightening or darkening of your surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is an infection that causes skin fungus spots that spreads all over your skin except the face. Do not ignore this condition, know about it and have it treated.

This infection is actually caused by Malassezia furfur, yeasts that thrive on the skin. Visible spots become noticeable as humidity increases. This is also true for people who have immune or hormonal abnormalities. On the other hand, most people who experience this infection are healthy. It does not spread to other people as the condition is not contagious at all and if you are particular of your skin, do not worry discoloration is not permanent.

Skin fungus spots come in different colors, some patches are brown and reddish-brown. These kinds of spots are easily treated and come off right away after treatment. The skin also goes back to its original color right away. However, if the patches produced are lighter than the skin surrounding it, the infection may take several months for your skin color to even out. This is also not permanent, as your skin color will eventually balance out.

On the other hand, one does not make out right away that a presence of patches means its tinea visecolor. Some resembles this condition, but they are actually quite different. Pityriasis Alba is a mild form of eczema that creates a patchy lightening of your face, and also the torso and shoulders. Another condition that results to permanent loss of pigment is called Vitiligo. This condition affects the area around the eyes, lips, knuckles or joints.

To treat skin fungus spots caused by tinea versicolor, one can apply over-the-counter remedies such as clotrimazole or miconazole. Another option is to buy antifungal creams with prescription-strength and stronger form of selenium sulfide to clear off the infection. However, all of these treatments do not reach spots such as the mid-back and can be irritating. In this case, you can opt for oral treatments prescribed by your doctors.

After being treated, it actually does not end there. Tinea viscolor causes rashes, and these rashes tend to linger even though you have been treated and people often think that the condition still exists. This can be treated by applying selenium sulfide on the affected area once in a week to slow down the recurrence of rashes. Furthermore, one has to remember to be keep your self clean to prevent having infection of this kind.