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Pityriasis versicolor in Ahvaz, Iran


avatar Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi ORCID 1 , * , avatar Zahra Mossavi 2 , avatar Majid Zarrin 2

1 Department of Medical Mycoparasitology, School of Medicine, and Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Iran

2 Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Iran

How to Cite: Mahmoudabadi A Z, Mossavi Z, Zarrin M. Pityriasis versicolor in Ahvaz, Iran. Jundishapur J Microbiol.2(3): 92-96.


Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology: 2 (3); 92-96
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 1, 2009
Accepted: August 1, 2009


Introduction and objective: Pityriasis versicolor is a chronic superficial mycosis that caused by several species of Malassezia specially Malassezia globosa. The prevalence of disease is varying in the world with a rate of 5-50%. Disease is more prevalent in males than females. The aim of the present study was to review the clinical and epidemiological profile of pityriasis versicolor in Ahvaz.

Materials and methods: Sellotape method was used for sampling from 500 subjects suspected to pityriasis versicolor. The presence of clusters of yeasts, budding cells, and pseudophyae in methylene blue stained samples confirmed disease.

Results: In the present study, 30.6% of subjects were positive for pityriasis versicolor, 62.1% were males, and 37.9% were females. Hypepigmentation lesions were common type of disease followed by hypopigmentation and erythmatous type.

Conclusion: In conclusion, 30.6% of studied population was positive for tinea versicolor which is a high prevalence for this disease

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