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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 259--261

Pityriasis versicolor in the pediatric age group

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa, India

Correspondence Address:
Binayak Chandra Dwari
Plot No. 8, Phase-IV, Adarsha Vihar, Bhubaneswar - 31, Orissa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.16618

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BACKGROUND: Pityriasis versicolor (PV) is a mild chronic infection of the skin caused by Malassezia yeasts. Although it is primarily seen in adults, children are often affected in the tropics . METHODS: Over a period of 2 years, children (up to the age of 14 years) who were clinically and mycologically diagnosed as PV were included in the study. The clinical and epidemiological pattern in different age groups was noted. RESULTS: PV in this age group formed about 31% of the total cases of PV; 4.8% cases presented in infancy. The commonest site of involvement was the face in 39.9% of the cases. Most of the cases presented in summer months. CONCLUSIONS: PV is not an uncommon disease among children in the tropics. There is a sudden resurgence of cases in the hot monsoons and even infants are not spared.


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