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Is tinea versicolor contagious?

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Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The condition can affect people of any skin color. It's more likely to affect teens and young adults.

From: Tinea Versicolor WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Tinea versicolor."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Tinea Versicolor."

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: "Tinea Versicolor."

The Merck Manual: "Tinea Versicolor."

DermNet NZ: "Pityriasis Versicolor."

Clinical Knowledge Summaries, NHS: "Pityriasis Versicolor."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Tinea versicolor."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Tinea Versicolor."

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: "Tinea Versicolor."

The Merck Manual: "Tinea Versicolor."

DermNet NZ: "Pityriasis Versicolor."

Clinical Knowledge Summaries, NHS: "Pityriasis Versicolor."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 15, 2018

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