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April 1977

Tinea Versicolor

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Ky

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(4):519-520. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640040127025

To the Editor.—  Through the years, up until six years ago, I have examined the skin of a few hundred college football players and many fewer basketball players as part of their preschool-year physicals at the University of Kentucky. Beyond doubt, other than acne, the most common affliction in these athletes was tinea versicolor, with perhaps a majority having the disease, and often an accompanying tinea cruris or tinea pedis and, rarely, toenail tinea as well.The number infected and the extent varied directly with the number of years of athletic participation, the incoming freshmen players being the least afflicted by the now culturable Malassezia furfur.1-3 However, it was noted that even those with but minimal involvement about the chest or shoulders often revealed a small, typical, fine scaling, pink to tan yellowish macule or two in the upper portion of the pubic hair as did virtually all of