After returning from a months vacation and tanning perhaps 10 to 15 days on my own, I notice now some white spots on my upper back. Obviously this was where the back was open to sun exposure. I am going to ask the question, is it sun damage or fungus? I have not attempted to scrape my skin to see if it goes away nor have I applied a special cream. Although I do have an expensive cream my dermatologist gave me for acne and skin lesions. I forgot the name of it but will post when I remember and am home.
Are there other signs or symptoms present? Tinea versicolor, a relatively common skin infection caused by a fungus presents with patches of discolored skin with sharp borders and fine scales that may appear lighter than surrounding healthy skin. The most common sites are the back, underarms, upper arms, chest, and neck.
Diagnosis is microscopical analysis of the skin scrapings. If over the counter topical anti-fungal medicines does not improve your condition, it is best to see your doctor for further evaluation and management. You can read more about this through this link: : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinea_versicolor
I started to look up this condition in images on the internet. Although I have a loofah and even when on vacation used it all over my body. Took showers 2 times a day cause of high humidity and just heat! I did look up the Tinea versicolor you mentioned and it seems like something minor. I don't know how to take this because I aim to take good care of myself. Also I read somewhere that perhaps my skin can't resolve this issue on its own, is that true.?
The fungus that causes this is part of the normal adult skin. Factors that can cause the fungus to become more visible include high humidity, excessive sweating, oily skin and immune or hormone abnormalities. It often recurs after treatment, but usually not right away, so that treatment needs to be repeated. It may take several months for overall color to even out but it does not leave permanent skin discoloration. Take care and keep us posted.
I am originally from NEPAL, leaving in Delhi,INDIA pursuing CA course.(As Delhi is hot place)I had recognised one white patch on my upper back and one in under arm 6,7 months ago.After that i started taking care,showering everyday,and now i can see that white patch under my arms can be hardly recognise,but of by upper back it is easily visible. Will it be cured by taking shower everday or it is must to consult doctor? PLEASE ADVISE ME,
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.