Tinea Versicolor is a type of skin fungus (or yeast) that can exhibit similar symptoms to Cholinergic urticaria. In fact, many people suffering with tinea versicolor sometimes mistakenly diagnose themselves with cholinergic urticaria, and some with cholinergic urticaria may mistakenly diagnose themselves as having tinea versicolor.
Tinea Versicolor and Cholinergic Urticaria: Differences
The main differences that are notable between cholinergic urticaria and tinea versicolor include:
- Cholinergic urticaria is often idiopathic (meaning doctors aren’t sure what’s causing it). Tinea versicolor is a well-known fungus/yeast.
- Cholinergic urticaria is often treated using antihistamines, however, treatment is often on-going since the condition can persist for years (or even the remaining life span once aquired). Tinea versicolor can be easily treated using topical solutions (selenium sulfide), or oral antifungal medications, and will usually go away.
- Cholinergic urticaria is a type of physical hives which affects the skin. Tinea versicolor is a type of fungus.
- Tinea versicolor often leaves subtle spots of hypopigmentation (dry, scaly patches). Cholinergic urticaria skin usually appears normal (although during a hives reaction it will form small pinpoint hives).
Similarities of Tinea Versicolor and Cholinergic Urticaria
- Both cholinergic urticaria and tinea versicolor can cause a “pin prick” itching sensation when the skin is warm, or when sweating is initiated.
- Both conditions commonly appear on persons aged 15-60, however, it most commonly appear during the late teens or early 20’s.
- Both conditions can go into remission and reappear over a period of time.
Here are some quick facts about Tinea Versicolor:
- One of the symptoms listed is a “pin prick” feeling when a person becomes hot, which is relieved once the individual sweats.
- The condition is most noticeable when someone tans (that is when discolored pigment becomes most prominent)
- While many pictures online look dramatic, most cases often don’t look as dramatic in person (unless there are sharp differences in pigmentation)
- Nearly everyone has this one their skin (it is naturally found on our skin), but only becomes overgrown in certain individuals (such as those with weakened immune systems).
- People in forums were talking about having this condition, and most got itchy when they got hot.
- This usually happens to people at age 15-60, being most common in the late teens and early 20’s (sound familiar)
- It can often come and go over the years on its own (sound familiar again?)
- One person on the cholinergic urticaria forum suggested a skin fungus and cholinergic urticaria link, and apparently cured their “itch when hot symptoms.”
According to eMedicine’s database, it said this concerning Tinea Versicolor:
Human peptide cathelicidin LL-37 plays a role in skin defense against this organism.
Vitamin D plays a vital part of the creation of cathelicidin LL-37.
Tinea Versicolor Treatment
Tinea versicolor can is sometimes treated as a home remedy using Selsun blue (selenium sulfide) shampoo, applied topically. This can sometimes cause irritation to the skin, so it is important to talk to a doctor about the safest way to treat it. An example of this treatment can be found below: