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What causes tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor occurs when non-contagious yeast that are normally found on the body grow to their mycelial form. It's not understood why the yeast overgrow on some people and not others, but their overgrowth is found more in people who have oily skin, weakened immune systems and live in tropical, humid areas.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Tinea

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