Symptoms & Treatment For Pityriasis Versicolor In Toddlers

Tinea versicolor, a rather common fungal infection, also called pityriasis versicolor, is known to affect toddlers pretty often. The result is those many flat spots you see on your little one. These are caused by a combination of susceptibility to the fungal infection and the conditions being right.

Now these small spots can vary in appearance and in how they feel. For instance, they could itch a little or could be flaky.

Signs of Toddlers Tinea Versicolor


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Extremely fine scales may be visible on these patches. Even the color could range from lighter to possibly darker than the tone of the surrounding area of skin. The former is known as hypopigmentation while the latter is referred to as hyperpigmentation. You could find a number of spots actually seem to blend into what appears to be bigger patchy areas.

These usually crop up on oily areas of your toddler's body. This is because this fungus thrives on oily skin. Examples include his or her chest and underarms. The good news is that this particular fungal skin infection is neither contagious nor does tinea versicolor pose any health issues for the child. The problem is typically the result of an excessive growth of a fungus which usually lives on one's skin. This Pityrosporum ovale is found in your pores and, like most fungus, flourished under conditions that are both clammy and warm.

Thus, your toddler is more likely to experience these patches when summer comes round. More than toddlers, this skin condition is more likely to affect adolescents.

Treatment for Toddlers Tinea Versicolor

Your doctor should be able to advise the best course of Tinea versicolor treatment for your toddler's Tinea versicolor. If he or she does not appear to be much affected by these flat spots, your doctor may recommend something as simple as a particular kind of over-the-counter dandruff shampoo. The ingredient needed in such shampoos is selenium sulfide. What you would then need to do is spread this all over, going beyond the flat spot borders. Try to keep the layer thin and then rinse after approximately a quarter of an hour. While the fungus might go away in a few weeks after using this treatment every night, understand that the skin's appearance might take months to revert to its normal state. Keeping the toddler dry as well as cool can help in this case. Your child's doctor might also prescribe some kind of topical antifungal medicine so do check with him or her before treating the child at home.

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