Tinea versicolor (also pityriasis versicolor) is a condition characterized by a skin eruption on the trunk and proximal extremities. The majority of tinea versicolor is caused by the fungus Malassezia globosa, although Malassezia furfur is responsible for a small number of cases. These yeasts are normally found on the human skin and become troublesome only under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment, although the exact conditions that cause initiation of the disease process are poorly understood.
|Other names||Dermatomycosis furfuracea, pityriasis versicolor, tinea flava, lota|
The condition pityriasis versicolor was first identified in 1846. Versicolor comes from the Latin versāre 'to turn' + color. It is also commonly referred to as Peter Elam's disease in many parts of South Asia.