Fungi, a cause of white spots on the skin

Written by: Dr. Jaume Tufet Opi
Published: | Updated: 06/08/2019
Edited by: Top Doctors®

White spots on the skin indicate a condition called tinea dermatology. More specifically, tinea versicolor appears when we are tanned, but not produced by the sun, but by a fungus that normally lives in healthy skin.


Why have white patches on the skin?

Tinea versicolor is a superficial skin infection caused by the "super city" from a fungus, but not considered a disease infeciosa. Specialists in dermatology determine that the reason is that this fungus that lives as usual healthy skin, and is called Furfur Malassezzia. When tinea occurs means that this fungus proliferates excessively.

The rosea is characterized by the appearance of white spots on the skin, appearing mainly in the upper trunk, neck and arms following. These are irregular, and initially may be brownish and present a fine scaling on its surface.

Piritiasis but it is not produced by the sun. He is a frequent confusion, since patients perceive more during the summer. The reason is that they simply are more noticeable when we are tanned. In addition, this fungus has a predilection for the moist, warm environments, so proliferates more in the summer.


Treatment of tinea versicolor

The diagnosis is clinical, and can set any experienced dermatologist. Furthermore, it can perform a skin scraping and microscopically observe any loose scales, or also a laboratory culture.

As for treatment, involves applying topical antifungal for a period of 2-4 weeks. In patients with very frequent outbreaks or who fail to improve topical can make an oral treatment. However, the treatment does not cause the stains are removed immediately. White spots on the skin improve after a few months after removal of overgrowth of the fungus.


Pityriasis alba or dartros, other skin blemishes

Face appears as white spots on the skin of ill-defined borders and variable size, usually located in the arms and legs. Its cause is unknown and most often seen early in the tanning. More usually associated atopic dermatitis patients, and younger patients. It is believed that their appearance is in relation to the dryness and irritation of the skin, evenly pigmented no sun exposure.

To treat it, it is essential to keep the skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun. It is also advisable to use soaps without detergent.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Jaume Tufet Opi
Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Tufet is a prestigious specialist in Aesthetic Medicine. He has more than 30 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in different fields of the specialty: Master in Aesthetic Medicine, Master in Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutrition, Master in laser and phototherapy, Master in Trichology and Implantology Capilar.
In particular, he is a recognized expert in facial and body lifting by radiofrequency and focused ultrasound.

He has combined his medical work with teaching, being a professor and speaker in different masters, courses, congresses and days of aesthetic medicine and laser.

He currently runs his own clinic, Clínica Tufet .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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