PAINE #PANCE Pearl – Dermatology



Question

Vitiligo and tinea versicolor are both hypomelanocytic dermatologic afflications. What are some ways to differentiate these two conditions?



Answer

  • Location
    • Tinea versicolor – trunk and proximal extremities
    • Vitiligo – can occur anywhere, but most common on hands and face
  • Color
    • Tinea versicolor – hypopigmented, more prominent with sun exposure
    • Vitiligo – milk or chalk-white, no change with sun exposure
  • Wood’s lamp
    • Tinea versicolor – fluoresce yellow/green
    • Vitiligo – fluoresce blue/white

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