Prevalence and clinical features of pityriasis versicolor in children

Authors

  • A Rijal Department of Dermatology, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • S Agrawal Department of Dermatology, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • S Bhattarai Department of Dermatology, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hren.v10i2.6574

Keywords:

pityriasis versicolor, children, hypo pigmented macules, oil massage

Abstract

Background: Pityriasis versicolor (P.versicolor) is a mild chronic infection of the skin caused by Malassezia yeasts. The disease is more prevalent in teenagers and adults and children are rarely affected.

Objective: To study the prevalence and clinical presentation of P.versicolor in children.

Methods: All children below 14years of age presenting with hypo pigmented macules were screened for P.versicolor. A 10% KOH examination of skin scrapping was done in all the screened patients. A positive KOH mount showing spores and hyphae were included in the study. The clinical and epidemiological data was noted.

Results: The total number of children with hypo pigmented macules was 102 and 58 were positive for PV. In 31.2%patients the lesions were on the face and these patients were below 1 years of age. Most cases presented in the summer months. Oil massage was seen in all patients.

Conclusion: Hypo pigmented macules in infants should be screened for PV as this is seen to be quite common. Occlusion due to oil massage may cause PV.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/hren.v10i2.6574

Health Renaissance 2012; Vol 10 (No.2); 105-107

 

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Published

2012-07-30

How to Cite

Rijal, A., Agrawal, S., & Bhattarai, S. (2012). Prevalence and clinical features of pityriasis versicolor in children. Health Renaissance, 10(2), 105–107. https://doi.org/10.3126/hren.v10i2.6574

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