• -It is a common infection in young individuals
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The cause is because of the presence of a yeast (fungus) called malassezia furfur.



  • -Clinically is causes depigmented patches with fine scales on the surface (pityriasiform desquamation)


  • -Diagnosis is straightforward and clinical:
  1. -Scraping the lesions causes accentuation of scales.
  2. -Microscopical examination of the scales after the scotch test provides a definitive diagnosis with an appearance of spores and hyphae called “spaghetti and meatballs.”



  • -Treatment is easy and consists of applying antifungal creams.
However the condition tends to recur and a weekly prevention with selenium sulphide shampoo (selsun) can help.