Tinea Versicolor (also known as dermatomycosis furfuracea, pityriasis versicolor, and tinea flava) is a condition characterized by a skin eruption on the trunk and proximal extremities. Recent research has shown that the majority of tinea versicolor is caused by the Malassezia globosa fungus, although Malassezia furfur is responsible for a small number of cases. These yeasts are normally found on the human skin and only become troublesome under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment, although the exact conditions that cause initiation of the disease process are poorly understood.
The condition pityriasis versicolor was first identified in 1846. Versicolor comes from the Latin, from versare to turn + color. It is also commonly referred to as Peter Elam's disease in many parts of South Asia.
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http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?dv09121 evaluation of pityriasis versicolor in prisoners: valuation of pityriasis versicolor in prisoners:a cross-sectional study cross-sectional study by abdoreza salahi-moghaddam, parivash davoodian, ali jafari , bdoreza salahi-moghaddam, parivash davoodian, ali jafari ,mohammad ali nikoo indian j dermatol venereol leprol 2009;75:379-82 doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.53134