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Yeast. It is a fungi that is used to make bread rise and ferment beer, but it can also cause some pretty nasty infections in and on the human body. A yeast infection likely makes you think of the type that affects women. There is, however, a different kind of yeast infection that can cause white patches on your skin.

Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection that can cause white patches on the skin, and it is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. It frequently occurs in teens and young adults, but it is possible for anyone to get it. If you’re noticing white patches on your skin, and aren’t sure how they got there, visit a FastMed Urgent Care near you.

Yeast Infection Connection: White Patches on Skin

White patches on skinWhite patches on your skin caused by tinea versicolor are often due to a number of factors, such as excessive sweating, hormonal changes, and oily skin. If you have tinea versicolor, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dark brown, tan, pink, or white patches on the skin
  • Slow-growing, scaly, and mildly itchy patches
  • Patches that are more noticeable after sun exposure
  • Skin patches that are located on the back, chest, neck, and upper arms

Symptoms of tinea versicolor can typically be treated by over-the-counter antifungal medication, but if it doesn’t respond to treatment, you may need prescription antifungal creams, lotions, or shampoos.

If you have white patches on your skin and want to get rid of them, start by visiting your local FastMed Urgent Care. Our walk-in clinics are open for extended hours 365 days a year, so you won’t have to make an appointment or wait for hours on end in the ER.

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