Pityriasis Versicolor



Pityriasis versicolor, also known as tinea versicolor, is a common fungal skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia. This yeast is naturally present on the skin and doesn’t usually cause problems. However, certain factors can lead to its overgrowth, resulting in the characteristic skin changes seen in pityriasis versicolor.


Pityriasis versicolor is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Malassezia, which is naturally found on the skin. Many factors can contribute to its overgrowth:
– Humidity and Heat:Warm and humid climates create favorable conditions for yeast growth.
– Oily Skin: Malassezia thrives on skin oils.
– Immunosuppression:Weakened immune systems can lead to increased susceptibility.
– Hormonal Changes:Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, or with hormonal disorders, can play a role.
– Excessive Sweating: Sweat provides moisture that encourages yeast growth.


Pityriasis versicolor typically presents with the following symptoms:
– Skin Color Changes: The infection leads to patches of lighter or darker skin color than the surrounding skin. These patches can be pink, tan, brown, or white.
– Scaling:Affected areas might be slightly scaly and have a fine, powdery appearance.
– Itching: Mild to moderate itching can occur, especially when the skin is warm.




To help prevent recurrence, individuals can take the following measures:
– Maintain Good Hygiene:Regular washing and drying of the skin can help prevent excessive yeast growth.
– Avoid Oily Skin Products: Minimize the use of oily or greasy skin products.
– Sun Exposure:Limited sun exposure can help prevent the yeast from overgrowing due to the inhibition of yeast by UV light.

Scope of Homeopathy for Pityriasis Versicolor

Homeopathy aims to address the underlying factors that contribute to conditions like pityriasis versicolor, such as imbalances in the body’s internal environment. Homeopathic remedies are selected based on individual symptoms, overall health, and constitutional factors. The holistic approach of homeopathy can help in managing symptoms, preventing recurrence, and improving overall skin health.

Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies for Pityriasis Versicolor are:

1. Sulphur: Indicated for various skin conditions, including pityriasis versicolor. The skin may be dry, itchy, and scaly. The person might feel better in open air and worsen with warmth.

2. Sepia: Considered when there are yellowish or brownish patches on the skin. The person might feel emotionally indifferent and tired.

3. Natrum muriaticum: Used for skin conditions with dry, cracked skin. The person might experience emotional sensitivity and may avoid the sun.

4. Arsenicum album: Indicated for itchy, burning skin with restlessness. The person might be anxious and feel worse at night.

5. Graphites: Useful for dry, scaly skin with a tendency to crack. The person might have a history of skin conditions and experience constipation.

6. Mezereum: Prescribed for itching, burning, and redness on the skin. The person might have intense itching and feel better with warm applications.

7. Thuja occidentalis: Used for various skin conditions, including discoloration. The person might have a history of warts and skin growths.

It’s crucial to remember that homeopathic remedies are chosen based on an individual’s complete symptom picture and constitution. Therefore, consulting a qualified homeopathic practitioner is essential for accurate diagnosis and appropriate remedy selection.

Complementary Measures


Alongside homeopathic treatment, individuals with pityriasis versicolor can take complementary measures to promote skin health and prevent recurrence:
– Maintain good hygiene and keep the skin clean and dry.
– Use mild, gentle cleansers .
– Avoid excessive sweating and humidity when possible.
– Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow the skin to breathe.
Minimize the use of oily or greasy skin products.


Dr Vaseem Choudhary’s “Homeo Care Clinic” provides homeopathic treatment for Pityriasis versicolor.  which is highly individualized .