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Skin rash on chest spreading to neck and face, turns light on bathing. Any cure?

I have a skin rash that started on my chest & has moved to my neck & face. It does not itch but when i bath or get in a pool the spots turn a lighter shade. I had it as a child & was told it was a skin fungus from the sun. I was wondering what the medical name for this might be and if there is a way to treat it other than with a prescription medication?
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Hi Kristin,
It could be a fungal infection of skin known as pityriasis versicolor. It is usually asymptomatic and is usually localised over chest and back. At times face, neck or arms could be involved too.
To treat the same you may apply ketoconazole shampoo over the affected area for 10 minutes and then wash off. You may also apply any ntifungal cream like clotrimazole, terbinafine etc to treat it.
As dermatology is a visual field, it is always better to get a definite diagnosis prior to starting the treatment. Hope that answers your query. Take care.
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