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Pityriasis Rosea

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•12

Pityriasis rosea typically starts as an oval or round patch 2 to 10 centimeters across called a herald patch. Days to weeks later, the rash sweeps a 00004000 cross an area in the body, appearing in batches of one to two centimeter pinkish oval patches. The rash most often occurs during the spring or fall in those ages 10 to 35. Pityriasis rosea most commonly occurs on the abdomen, chest, back, arms and legs and usually lasts six to eight weeks but in some cases, can last months.

It is unknown what causes pityriasis rosea, but researchers think it may be related to a relapse of to the Human Herpes Virus type 7 (HH7), -- a virus we are exposed to as children and usually build up a tolerance to. Before developing the herald patch, a person developing pityriasis rosea may feel like they are coming down with a cold or have other symptoms such as a headache, nausea, sore throat or loss of appetite.

Itching occurs in 75 percent of all people with pityriasis rosea, with 25 percent complaining of severe itchiness. There usually are no scars left from the rash though darker skinned people may be left with some spots on their skin after it heals. African American children with pityriasis rosea have about 30 percent more facial and scalp involvement than Caucasian children and are more likely to be left with areas of darker pigmentation.

Treatment

To diagnose pityriasis rosea, a doctor may take a skin scraping or a biopsy to rule out whether a fungus is the cause of the rash. Pityriasis rosea can also resemble a drug rash from antibiotics and the herald patch can be mistaken for eczema or ringworm.

In most cases, no treatment is needed for pityriasis rosea; it resolves on its own. In more severe cases oral steroids may be used. Oral antihistamines and topical cortisone cream can help with itching and anti-virals such as Zovarax or Famvir may help shorten the length of time of the rash.

Gentle cleansers such as Cetaphil or others formulated for sensitive skin should be used instead of soap. Exposing the rash to short periods of sunshine or the use of UVB phototherapy may speed the recovery of the rash. Other soothing treatments such as oatmeal baths with products like Aveeno, or using zinc or calamine lotion may also help. It is also best to avoid overly hot showers or baths until the rash has cleared.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pityriasis Rosea?
    I just found out that I have Pityriasis Rosea. Is there anyway to speed up the process? It's very embrassing and it seems that new spots are poping up.

    Anyone who's had it before, can you please let me know? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I had it a few years ago - I diagnosed it myself (online) because my GP gave me fungal cream (ha). Then I went to a dermatologist and he confirmed it. It's viral and has to run it's course - sorry wish I could give you a better answer. It is weird looking though isn't?

      I never had any itching but in case you do read below:

      Treatment
      In most cases, pityriasis rosea goes away in four to eight weeks. Treatment usually focuses on controlling itching. The antiviral drugs acyclovir and famciclovir and the antibiotic erythromycin may reduce the duration of pityriasis rosea to one to two weeks. These medications often are not necessary, however, because itching is usually mild, and the condition clears up on its own.

  2. QUESTION:
    pityriasis rosea?
    i have pityriasis rosea what are some eazy treatments i can use?

    • ANSWER:
      The rash usually goes away on its own. No treatment can cure it, but medicine can help relieve the itching. Your doctor might have you use antihistamine pills, a steroid cream, calamine lotion or zinc oxide cream to relieve the itching. Sometimes people with pityriasis rosea have to take steroid pills to clear up their rash.

      Some patients are benefited by exposure to sunlight or by treatment with ultraviolet light; however, there is some risk that the skin lesions will develop hyperpigmentation (become darker than the surrounding skin) after ultraviolet treatment. Hyperpigmentation is most likely to occur in African American patients.

      Cool or lukewarm baths with oatmeal helps in the removal of patches. Aveeno oatmeal baths are preferred.The rash of pityriasis rosea is irritated by soap; bathe or shower with plain water. The rash makes the skin dry; it helps to put a thin coating of bath oil on your freshly dried skin after a shower or bath.

      If the rash itches, treatment with a cortisone cream (Cort-aid)usually brings prompt relief. The cortisone does not cure pityriasis rosea; it will only make you more comfortable while getting over the rash.

      Phototherapy may shorten the duration of the condition and may be prescribed for extensive and persistent cases of pityriasis.

      You can take a supplement containing GLA, an unusual fatty acid that is very hard to come by in the diet. It can be found in evening primrose oil, black currant oil and borage oil. It has specific nourishing effects on skin, hair and nails. Take 500 milligrams twice a day. This can be found at most drugstores or health food stores.

  3. QUESTION:
    How severe are most cases of pityriasis rosea?
    I recently went to the dermatologist and was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea. For over a month, i have had the Herald's patch on the back of my thigh. In the last week, the little bumps are starting to pop up. Do all cases get really bad? Should I expect to get quite a few? How long does a typical case last? Just want to know what I am in for in the next month or so. My dr said it just depends but just curious what other peoples experiences have been. I am a 29 year old female. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it right now. They say it can last 1 to 3 months. I have had mine for two weeks and it is very itchy.. or was until I started sun-taning. Tons of sites said that this has helped them. I have light skin thge color of carmel candies so i typically don't go tanning. However, I am doing it and it helps. I was at the beach yesterday and it didn't hurt or itch. Today I layed out and it was better afterward. Not all cases get bad. I used lots of benedryl though at first it was horrible.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there any help websites for Pityriasis Rosea? like some help where i can meet others who have Pityriasis?
    My grandmother has it, Just wondering if there is like a website that has other Pityriasis Rosea people on it.
    Does it appear in the Lower part of body?
    also like on top/bottom of feet
    Right now she is tanking bendaryl, and it just makes it worse? ataran, but it just increases burning sensation more.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pityriasis-rosea/DS00720/DSECTION=7

  5. QUESTION:
    How to quell itching caused by pityriasis rosea?
    I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea a two weeks ago. My doctor told me it will go away on its own but it itches so badly! I'm getting spots all over my torso and a little bit on my arms, so it can get very irritating. I use Aveeno lotion but it doesn't hold up for the whole day.

    Some say sun exposure will help. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      CORTISONE

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you know if pityriasis rosea is healing?
    I have PR and i want to know how i can tell if it is healing? What are the stages of pityriasis rosea?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      use something called google

  7. QUESTION:
    How long can pityriasis rosea last?
    I am a 26 year old african american female who was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea in 8/09 here it is 7/11 and I still have the scaly patches and discolored skin how long can this last and is there anything I can do about it?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of pityriasis rosea?
    i have had pityriasis rosea for over 4 months and i have no idea what to do! any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, unfortunately nothing has been proven to work 100% of the time. Most cases of P. rosea resolve spontaneously. You might try asking for a second opinion regarding the diagnosis as misdiagnosis is a possibility. Other than that you might use some this advice
      'There has been some evidence of reduced duration of pityriasis rosea with the off-label use of the antibiotic erythromycin or off-label use of antiviral medications such as acyclovir (Zovirax) or famciclovir (Famvir). However, neither of these medications has been proven to be uniformly effective in the treatment of pityriasis rosea and they are not usually necessary or required for treatment. '

  9. QUESTION:
    what other symptoms do you get with Pityriasis Rosea?
    I,have been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea......am feeling really ill....new rashes keep appearing. What other symptoms are common? How long does it last?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had it and it lasted about 4 weeks. However Pityriasis rosea usually goes away within 6 - 12 weeks. The itching was the worst for me the Doctor gave me a benovate 1n 4 solution to calm it down I had it over christmas a few years back. If you have the rashes you should have no futher sysptoms than you already have. Apart from swollen glands and the rash I didnt have any other symptoms. My doctor had never seen it before outside of medical texts and had to show his colleage. It is nothing serious and should pass with out getting any worse. Also once the symptoms have gone you should have life long immunity. Apart from looking rather scary it is a mild skin ailment hope you recover quickly.

      Check the links to find out more about it.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can the scar from pityriasis rosea heal?
    About 3 months ago, i had rashes all over my torso..i went to a dermatologist to seek consult. She said i have this self limiting skin disease called pityriasis rosea..prescribed me antihistamines and triamcinolone cream to ease the itchiness.. a few weeks later the rashes was seen all over my body leaving scars up to now...its still itchy and the scars are very visible speacially at my legs..

    Is there something i can do to get rid of these scars?

    • ANSWER:
      go back to the doctor until then try fresh aloe. i'm no expert but aloe is good for scaring. so is rose hip seed oil but i don't know if you can use that on a rash. it is used to fade scars , marks etc.

  11. QUESTION:
    If I had Pityriasis Rosea before is it definite that it may come back again?
    I was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea a year ago. Everything healed well but I get paranoid when I see something that may look like a "patch" or if my back itches. I have one that looks like it on my side and was wondering does it eventually come back?

    • ANSWER:
      kewl

  12. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of scars left from pityriasis rosea?
    i have pityriasis rosea and it went away in a few weeks, i have brown skin cuz im half black and the pityriasis rosea is on my neck, although the actual condition is gone, i have scars left from it, theres patches of lighter shades of skin color on my neck and is very visible and embarrassing, how can i make them go away or cover them up, or make them less visible? thank u.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend using herbal cream like Zenmed Rosacea Solution: http://zenmed.com/rosacea?a=5881&x=click

      For scar ...I recommend using herbal cream like Zenmed Scar and Hyperpigmentation Treatment:
      http://abe5.com/60y

      You can expect great results quickly and easily :-)

  13. QUESTION:
    How can i treat Pityriasis Rosea?
    I have had Pityriasis Rosea for over 2 months and it won't go away. No my skin is black in some parts and it still itches. I want these ugly spots to go away and i would like to stop scratching and scabing myself. Please Help.

    • ANSWER:
      The most important thing is not to scratch and use lots of lotion, stay clean

  14. QUESTION:
    Do you have to have syphilis to have Pityriasis Rosea?
    It said on WebMD that Pityriasis Rosea is a form of syphilis.
    On WebMd it said that Pityriasis Rosea sometimes occurs in colder months.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't checked WebMD to see where the confusion is, but syphilis is caused by a bacterium (T. pallidum), whereas pityriasis rosea is presumed to be caused by a virus. However, when a patient with pityriasis rosea is seen by a physician, the doctor must make sure that the patient doesn't have syphilis, as the two disorders might have a similar appearing rash. The two disorders, however, are in no way related. I hope this clears up the confusion for you.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to cure a rash asap! Possibly pityriasis rosea?
    My rash first started out as a few tiny little bumps...which soon grew into a million more bumps all over my body: on my neck, my arms, stomach, back and legs. I went to the docotor and he BELEIVES it is pityriasis rosea.
    My prom is comming up and I dont know how i will wear my dress with these disgusting bumps :(
    Please help!

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Pityriasis rosea usually resolves on it's own but it can take a month or two. Oatmeal baths can help a bit and also cool compresses. Many think it's due to a virus. Don't use hot water when you shower or take baths. I know it must be frustrating.

      Meditator
      Common Skin Rashes
      http://www.itchyskinrash.net

  16. QUESTION:
    What cream do I use to get rid of the scars left on my skin from Pityriasis rosea.?
    What cream do I use to get rid of the scars left on my skin from Pityriasis rosea.?
    whitening cream/fading cream is not working. Please someone suggest something to me. Never had good skin to begin with, but this just makes my self esteem very low. Cause now I can't even wear short sleeves, short, skirt, etc.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Are nausea, vomiting, and headaches associated with pityriasis rosea?
    I have pityriasis rosea, and for the past few days I was nauseous, throwing up, and had really bad headaches, and I as wondering if pityriasis rosea was the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms you have described are the symptoms of many diseases including meningitis, middle ear infection and hangover from excessive drinking. I do not get the impression that anyone of these applies to you.

      The signs and symptoms of pityriasis rosea are as follows:
      1. A large single spot (herald patch) forms.
      2. The herald patch is scaled and coloured red to tan.
      3. A fine rash of small spots starts to appear within a week of the first patch appearing.
      4. The spots become small oval patches that are coloured red to tan.
      5. The patches seem crinkly and loose in the centre.
      6. The rash may be itchy.
      7. The upper body and upper arms are usually affected.
      8. The patches may follow the ribs in lines.
      9. The rash may spread to the upper thighs.
      10. Occasionally, the rash may spread to include the neck and lower face.

      Pityriasis rosea is a viral infection. The virus has recently been identified as one of the herpes viruses. Children and young adults are more susceptible, for reasons unknown. Recurrences are rare - a person who develops the skin rash has only a two per cent chance of experiencing it again. Pityriasis rosea doesn’t seem to be highly contagious, but other members of the household may prefer to practise more stringent personal hygiene just for peace of mind.

      Diagnosis methods:
      Pityriasis rosea can be mistaken for skin conditions such as tinea (a fungal skin infection also known as ringworm) or psoriasis, so careful diagnosis is needed. Other less common illnesses, such as syphilis, may also cause a similar rash. A skin biopsy of one of the patches may be taken for laboratory analysis.

      Treatment options:
      It is not possible to make the rash disappear any faster, so treatment aims to manage the symptoms. Options may include:
      Avoid using soap as this can irritate the rash.
      Bathe using plain water or some kind of moisturiser, such as bath oil.
      Steroid creams can be used to help reduce itching.
      Oral antihistamines may help in cases of severe itching.
      Mild moisturising creams can be applied generously and often.
      Some cases may respond to ultraviolet light, so mild sunshine may be beneficial. However, avoid sunburn and don’t stay in the sun too long. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times.
      Phototherapy using UVB ultraviolet light may be helpful.

  18. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between Pityriasis Rosea and Ringworm?
    I have this rashes in my skin that looks like rings and it starts only a few but spreads to my back, neck, legs, as time goes by. It looks like P Rosea and also looks like Ringworm. Ive been using antifungal creams but no effects. how can i know what disease i have?

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is a parasitic infection.
      The cause of PR is not exactly known, but the leading theory is a virus.

      It doesn't matter though. A Ring shaped rash means its time to go to the doctor. You need to have this looked at immediately. It might be nothing at all, but a ring-shaped rash can also be much more serious than either disease you mentioned.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the visual difference between chicken pox and pityriasis rosea?
    My 2 year old got diagnosed with pityriasis on Friday. However, my Dad is convinced its chicken pox.

    • ANSWER:
      small pearly white blisters , raised above the skin level surrounded by a rim of redness is the chikenpox lesion , it starts abruptly and soon spreads to cover the whole body and the child looks sick ,

  20. QUESTION:
    Can i get a tattoo now that my pityriasis rosea breakout is finished?
    I had it in march. It is now may. I only have marks that looks like brusies spots on my stomach and side thighs. Would getting a tattoo will make my pityriasis breakout again. I really want to know.

    • ANSWER:
      You could but you should avoid tattooing the area where your pityriasis rosea breaks out. Getting tattooed can put some stress on your body so it could trigger another break out.

  21. QUESTION:
    Pityriasis rosea treatments and how long it last?
    I just found out that I have Pityriasis Rosea. My symptoms are getting pretty bad. I was wondering if anyone on here had it and how long it lasted for them?/ I was also wondering what they found to help with the itching. So if anyone had it can you please tell me Thanks
    I'm using cortizone and that doesn't seem to help. Well Thanks for your answers i'll try those solutions

    • ANSWER:
      i had it as a young person. Lasted 6 weeks. Cortisone ( ask your dr) cream helped with itch - also baking soda baths.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is Pityriasis Rosea considered a yeast?
    I was just diagnosed w/Pityriasis Rosea. The dr isnt going to treat it & says it will go away on its own. I have been doing research & most says PR is caused by a virus. A few sites say its caused by yeast. So I have been taking a pro-biotic & cut back on sugars as sugar feeds yeast. Cutting back on sugar is really hard & I am wondering it PR is really a yeast... or am I just tourchering myself by cutting back on sugars.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it is yeast. Curezone site gives great natural home remedy tip on pityriasis rosea. It is hard to cut back on sugar but your body & skin will thank you for it.
      Watch the documentary films "Food Matters" "The Beautiful Truth" and "Simply Raw" you will benefit greatly.

      Pityriasis Rosea Diet/cleansing/detox/exercise
      http://curezone.com/dis/1.asp?C0=1846

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does Pityriasis Rosea normally last?
    Preferably information from anyone who has had this rash.
    And any other information I should know about it.
    (itching reliefs, how to cover it up, duration, how long until it starts to fade, etc.)

    I just got this rash like two and a half weeks ago. I just need information from people who actually have had this--- not just links to WebMD, I've already looked there.

    • ANSWER:
      well, i use to have it and it only lasted about maybe 6weeks i believe.
      For me it use to itch sometimes, but don't scratch.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does Pityriasis Rosea spread for?
    I got the "herald" patch about 2 weeks ago and started getting the full on breakout 3 days ago, it still seems to be spreading down my stomach and sides, and up my chest (started near my sternum). How long can I expect it to keep spreading before it stops and starts getting better? Also, the spots/bumps aren't that red at the moment, do the get redder or bigger as it progresses?

    • ANSWER:
      It lasts a few weeks, then it goes away by itself. I had it when I was a teenager, and I thought it must be something serious. The doctor said there is no treatment for it because it goes away by itself and doesn't hurt or anything.

      I asked him if he could give me something for the itching. He said "Hmm, does it itch?" Actually it didn't, but it looked like it should.

      I was lucky, it was mostly around my waist where it didn't show. But at least it doesn't hurt and it goes away by itself. Yes, I think the bumps that aren't red will turn red.

  25. QUESTION:
    HELP- Will Pityriasis rosea keep me from joining the army?
    I'm joining the army. I've already gone through MEPS and have been qualified. I recently developed Pityriasis rosea which a non-contagious rash that will take a few weeks to disappear (according to my doctor.). If this does not clear up in time for my ship date will this keep me from being shipped out? If you know please tell me! Thanx!

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  26. QUESTION:
    Any new treatments or natural remedies for pityriasis rosea?
    I am just nervous about any spreading and of course would love to have it clear up faster. I have the herald spot on my upper chest which makes dressing difficult because it's hard to hide it. I know that they say that you have to wait it out, I was just wondering if anyone knows something I dont! Thanks in advance everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      I have Pityriasis also. It is TERRIBLE!! I have had it for about 3 weeks now, and it is still spreading. I have heard that tanning beds help, even though I have fair skin, I think I may try it this weekend. Anything to try wouldn't hurt it. It is ALL over the bottom half of my back, looks like sores all over me. I have it on my buttocks, breast, on my thighs, some spots below my knees. I am starting to get it on my arms too. I have been researching it online. I am 28/F. I was hoping when I was first diagnosed w/ it that I would be lucky and only get a mild case of it, but I am beginning to think that it is more severe.
      I have a cream from the derm. awhile back that does seem to help. It is called Triamcinolone 0.1 I don't have much left, so I put just a tad on sometimes when I get out of the shower. It seems to help some of the spots fade quicker. I think I will call my dr. tomorrow and see if I can get a refill. I just wanted to write you so you know that someone else is going thru it too. I just keep telling myself it will be gone sometime eventually...lol and that it isn't serious. That helps reassure me sometimes. Good Luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Curing pityriasis rosea marks and discoloration?
    I got diagnosed with pityriasis rosea three months ago. There isn't any inflammation or itching anymore but there are darker spots where the red spots were. Is there any way to get rid of them? My doctor told me that tanning COULD help, but that was when they were still inflammed. Please help??

    • ANSWER:
      There is no treatment, the area should return to normal on its own eventually.

  28. QUESTION:
    what does pityriasis rosea look like when its going away?
    I have had pityriasis rosea for a little over 2 weeks and the bumps are starting to flatten out, the ones on my chest are almost gone but still red. My skin is very dry! and I just want to know if that means its starting to go away.
    and when it gets all dried out, do I know to be putting lotion on it? I

    • ANSWER:
      It could mean that it is starting to go away but I don't think so, It normally takes about six weeks for the rash to completely clear up.So just because its clearing up at the moment,you could still have another outbreak. For the dryness just use the aveeno lotion and the aveeno oatmeal bath(very good for dry skin) and try to avoid hot showers/baths and stenous activities that cause you to sweat because this can make the rash worser.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of the burning from pityriasis rosea?
    Went to the docs and found I have this. IT BURNS SO BAD. Like when yourr lips or chapped bad only your face-for me I only have it on the chest neck and face! HELP???

    • ANSWER:
      Let me start by saying I completely understand and I am so sorry you have this. As for relief, my doctor gave me what was basically a sedative to allow me to sleep and not itch. You can try lotion but trying to stay active and keep my mind off of it helped more than anything. Sorry I couldn't give you a better solution but from what I found I don't think there is a quick fix.

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Eczema and Pityriasis Rosea?

    • ANSWER:
      Eczema is a general term for rash-like skin conditions. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction. Eczema is often very itchy and when you scratch it, the skin becomes red and inflamed.

      It occurs in adults and children, but most often appears on babies. You are more likely to have eczema if you have a family history of the condition.

      Pityriasis rosea is a rash that usually begins with a large, scaly, pink patch on the chest or back, which is called a "herald" or "mother" patch. It is frequently confused with ringworm, but antifungal creams do not help because it is not a fungus.

      Pityriasis rosea often requires no treatment and it usually goes away by itself. However, treatment may include external or internal medications for itching.

      Pityriasis rosea is most common in the spring and fall.

  31. QUESTION:
    is Pityriasis Rosea considered a yeast?
    I was just diagnosed w/Pityriasis Rosea. The dr isnt going to treat it & says it will go away on its own. I have been doing research & most says PR is caused by a virus. A few sites say its caused by yeast. So I have been taking a pro-biotic & cut back on sugars as sugar feeds yeast. Cutting back on sugar is really hard & I am wondering it PR is really a yeast... or am I just tourchering myself by cutting back on sugars.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot give you a definite answer because even the doctors themselves don’t know exactly what causes pityriasis rosea. Some doctors believe that pityriasis rosea is caused by a viral or bacterial infection and most recently, has been strongly associated with a virus called human herpes virus type 6 (HHV6).

  32. QUESTION:
    what is the possibility of getting Pityriasis rosea again?
    i had it for like 3 or 4 weeks it was SOO uncomfortable and extremely unattractive feeling what is the possibility of getting it again?? please i dont want it EVER again!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, most people develop a life-long immunity and do not get it again. If you develop a similar rash, go see a dermatologit or doctor because it would probably be something else.

      If you would like to read about pityriasis rosea: http://www.globale-dermatologie.com/en/pityriasis-rosee-de-gibert-prg.html From there you can access a discussion forum if you have questions.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there a specific diet that can help with pityriasis rosea?
    it's a skin condition that doctors don't know the origin of and it's not contagious in any sort of way and there's no real cure, it goes away in 4-8 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      No, the dermatologist never mentioned anything about a diet shortening the duration of pityriasis rosea. I had it too last year and dealt with it for 2 months. Just keep applying the prescribed topical anti-itch cream-- there's nothing really you can do to get rid of the rashes itself...let it go away on its own.

      And you probably already knew this, but avoid excess HEAT. No exercising, or any vigorous physical activity...if you want to keep it from being really itchy!

      Good luck! and hopefully it won't come back as a second episode....so far mine hasn't! :-)

      PS - are you on any birth control pill? Many women contacted me saying they got pitryiasis too while on the pill. Wondering maybe if there's a link between the two??

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you get pityriasis rosea more than once?
    I had it around 9 years ago and now I have what looks like a herald patch. I also have had a cold about the time the patch showed up on my tummy.

    • ANSWER:
      speak to your doctor babe

  35. QUESTION:
    has anyone suffered from pityriasis rosea? how long did it take to clear - any remedies?
    child of 12 has contracted pityriasis rosea. Can anyone give advice on how to eradicate the spots.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a pretty common rash in young people. It is itchy and scaly but is not contagious and generally goes away in 4 - 6 weeks. The very best thing you can do is expose the skin to sunlight. That will help speed the healing process. No cream helps more than the sun and it's natural! Hope that helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedies or any other cure for pityriasis rosea?
    Your help will be highly appreciated! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a Search Page.....just click & read, bookmark, whatever interests you.......
      http://www.ask.com/web?qsrc=2417&o=101881&l=dis&q=pityriasis+rosea+home+remedies

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Pityriasis Rosea?
    I have had this for about 5 - 6 weeks and I hate it. Does anyone know how to get rid of it as I have got to go swimming next week, and it looks awful!!
    And yes, I have seen a doctor about it already, and they only gave me lotion to stop the itching. I am just looking for some way to actually get rid of it completely.
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, it's really up to your body to get rid of it, as it is felt to be due to a virus infection. However, sunlight has been shown to help, as has topical cortisone lotions or creams.

  38. QUESTION:
    I'm experiencing a particularly bad case of pityriasis rosea. Is there ANYTHING I can do for the flaking skin?
    My moisturizers aren't working. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too reallllll bad. I have read that tanning beds help. I am making an apt to try it myself. I've tried lavender, colloidal silver, prim rose... u name it. Tanning beds is my next try.Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    So I have pityriasis rosea, does anyone know any treatment, besides waiting it out?
    I'm an avid runner and the doctor said I can't get overheated and run for at least 5 weeks. I am going to go crazy! Help?

    • ANSWER:
      One web site said it was fungal based. I've had luck on skin fungal problems with any of the athletes foot creams mixed with hydrocortisone. Available at any drugstore, OTC.

  40. QUESTION:
    I am currently suffering with Pityriasis Rosea, can anyone suggest anything apart from Chalomile Aquious cream?
    its really itchy! would the it help if i covered myself in the cream and covered with cling film??

    suggestions please people.
    i have been diagnosed by the docs n he told me just to use the cream but its not doing anything!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were diagnosed by a doctor, he or she can give you a prescription for oral or topical meds to help with the itching. There are also antiviral meds that can shorten the duration of the condition.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pityriasis-rosea/DS00720/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

  41. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy any medicine for pityriasis rosea disease in singapore?
    i got this disease on my back, legs for over two years ago
    One that time Doctor give me Dermosol Cream.
    Usually, i apply Dermosol Cream (Clobetasol Propionate 0.5mg) everynight.
    if i stop it a few days, It spread on my back again.
    I am really disappointed in my skin problem.
    i'm really waiting for your good advice

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you get Pityriasis Rosea more than once?
    I had it once in high school-6 yrs ago, and now it appears that I am getting the "herald patch" again. Is it possible to get it twice?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything is possible. They say you can get chicken pox only once in your life, I had it twice (both times confirmed by a doctor). I also have had Pityriasis Rosea. Once you have had this you know what it is like. If you think that you are getting a herald patch, most likely you are. Go to a doctor, they can prescribe meds for this. I had the option of letting it run its course or take some meds. I took the meds for two weeks and my Pityriasis Rosea cleared up.

  43. QUESTION:
    CAN Pityriasis rosea last about 18 months?
    I have Pityriasis rosea for aout 18 months now. is it normal for someone to have it for that long??

    • ANSWER:
      Is it "normal"? NO.
      Is it unheard of? NO.
      Generally, the rash of PR will heal up between three weeks and three months. But there are cases of chronic PR, and also of recurrent PR.

  44. QUESTION:
    I am 99.9% sure I have pityriasis rosea. I really want it to go away are there any suggestions?
    I do know there is no know cure or cause but I've heard that some people have been able to use herbal remedies and such. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I just had that a couple of months ago. If you have a lot of red bumps on you stomach and back and it itches like crazy you probably have it. I first noticed bumps on my stomach. I went to the doctor the next couple of days and I had it. Hydrocortisone 1% helped a little. So did Avenno Oatmeal Bath mix helped. But, then after that It still itched like crazy. I had to go back to the doctor and get 2 prescriptions that helped 1000 times more than to other stuff. It went away in a little over three weeks. It is most common in people ages 10-35. Don't worry it will go away. Also, when you take a shower use lukewarm water.( the rash itches more when it is overheated.) Hope this helps!

  45. QUESTION:
    Have any of you ever had pityriasis rosea?
    I was just diagnosed with this and I wanted to know how long it took for ya'll to get over it if you have had it. For ya'll who havent had this and all you're going to say is "what is that?" save it. I'm really not in the mood right now. Please answer as soon as you can seriously.
    Ciao for now,
    Tara

    • ANSWER:
      If symptoms are mild, no treatment may be needed.

      Gentle bathing, mild lubricants or creams, or mild hydrocortisone creams may be used to soothe inflammation. Antihistamines, taken by mouth, may be used to reduce itching.

      Moderate sun exposure or ultraviolet light treatment may help make the lesions go away more quickly. However, care must be taken to avoid sunburn.

      Expectations (prognosis) Return to top

      Pityriasis rosea usually goes away within 6 - 12 weeks. Recurrences are unusual.

  46. QUESTION:
    is it bad to have pityriasis rosea on your face and neck ?
    What can I do to get rid of it? I'm 16 and a girl it sucks I cry all the time because of it it looks so bad:( I been putting oatmeal lotion to keep it moisturized but it just seems like I have more bumps and now they're white
    They're on my chin and cheeks a little bit on my neck please help I'm so tired of it :(

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment includes external and internal medications for itching and inflammation. Mild inflammation and itching can be relieved with antihistamine drugs or calamine lotion, zinc oxide, or other mild lubricants or anti-itching creams. Gentle, soothing strokes should be used to apply the ointments, since vigorous rubbing may cause the lesions to spread. More severe itching and inflammation is treated with topical steroids. Moderate exposure to sun or ultraviolet light may help heal the lesions, but patients should avoid being sunburned.

      Pityriasis rosea is a rash that can occur at any age but it occurs most commonly in people between the ages of 10 and 35 years. The rash can last from several weeks to several months. Usually there are no permanent marks as a result of this disease, although some darker-skinned persons may develop long-lasting flat brown spots that eventually fade.

      The condition often begins as a large single pink patch on the chest or back. This patch may be scaly and is called a "herald" or "mother" patch. Often the person with this condition will think this patch is a ringworm and will apply creams that are used to get rid of fungus. This will not help since the rash is not caused by a fungus.

      Within a week or two, more pink patches, sometimes hundreds of them, appear on the body and on the arms and legs. Patches may also occur on the neck, and though rare, the face. These spots usually are smaller than the "herald" patch and may also be mistaken for ringworm. The patches are oval and often form a pattern over the back that resembles the outline of a Christmas tree. Sometimes the disease can produce a more severe and wide-spread skin eruption. About half the patients will have some itching, especially when they become overheated.

      Occasionally there may be other symptoms, including tiredness and aching. The rash usually fades and disappears within six to eight weeks, but can sometimes last much longer. Physical activity - like jogging and running, or bathing in hot water may cause the rash to temporarily worsen or reappear. In some cases, the patches will reappear up to several weeks after the first episode and can continue for many months.
      The cause is unknown. It is not caused by a fungus or bacteria. It also is not due to any type of allergy. Pityriasis rosea is not a sign of any internal disease.

      A virus may cause a rash. Like other known viral diseases, pityriasis rosea usually occurs only once in an individual, and occasionally makes a person feel slightly ill. But the virus theory has not been proven. Unlike many viruses, however, pityriasis rosea does not seem to spread from person to person.
      Diagnosis is usually made by a dermatologist, a physician with special training in skin diseases. Pityriasis rosea usually affects the back, neck, chest, abdomen, upper arms, and legs. The rash may differ from person to person, making the diagnosis more difficult. The numbers and sizes of the spots can also vary and occasionally the rash can be found in an unusual location, such as the lower body or on the face. Fungus infections, like ringworm, may resemble this rash. Reactions to certain medications, such as antibiotics, "water pills" and heart medications can also look the same as pityriasis rosea.

      The dermatologist may order blood tests, scrape the skin, or take a sample from one of the spots (skin biopsy) and examine it under a microscope to make the diagnosis.

      Remember that pityriasis rosea is a common skin disorder and is usually mild.Soap makes the rash more uncomfortable; patients should bathe or shower with plain lukewarm water, and apply a thin coating of bath oil to freshly-dried skin afterwards.

  47. QUESTION:
    Any recommendations on removing pityriasis rosea and fungi?
    I've had pityriasis for at least 5 months now and no sign of improvement and I get hyper-pigmentation on the fungi which makes it stand out more which really irritates me. So what should I do to relieve the itching (it gets extremly irritated by water and soap)(water makes it itch soap makes it itch worse) so any suggestions on curing this?
    I live in Florida that will be kinda of hard...

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, this condition can last for several months and will go away on its own. However, since it's been 5 months, I think that you may want to give a call to your doctor to inform him of this, just for a peace of mind and to keep him updated on its progress.

      As far as the itching, you can use lukewarm water with a non-perfumed soap (Dial or Ivory soap); oatmeal baths may be of use as well. Also take things such as Benadryl or topical anti-itch cream such as calamine lotion.. Also, keep the area where you are cool as heat tends to exacerbate the itching. If this doesn't help, then steroid creams may be prescribed.

  48. QUESTION:
    What exactly is pityriasis rosea and is there a cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Pityriasis rosea is a skin disorder with a characteristic rash.

      This disorder is a common skin rash of young people, especially young adults. It occurs most commonly in the fall and spring, and a virus is suspected as the cause. Although pityriasis rosea may occur in more than one person in a household at a time, it is not thought to be highly contagious.

      Attacks generally last 4 - 8 weeks. Symptoms may disappear by 3 weeks or last as long as 12 weeks. There is generally a single larger patch called a herald patch followed several days later by more a rash. Although the disorder usually resolves in time, a health care provider should be consulted to rule out other disorders including syphilis.

  49. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of any natural or herbal treatments that help the rash called Pityriasis Rosea?

    • ANSWER:
      everything I know about it suggests it will clear up on its own. There is no 'cure' for it, but try to avoid soap, and too much physical activity as it seems to be much worse when we get too hot.
      http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/articles/150/medicines-and-remedies/home-remedies-for-pityriasis-rosea.html

  50. QUESTION:
    What is pityriasis rosea? How do you get ?How do you get rid of it? Is it contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Pityriasis rosea ia an acute inflammatory skin disease of unknown origin, marked by a macular eruption on the trunk, obliquely to the ribs, and on the upper extremities. The initial patch appears in nore than half the cases. In a few days it enlarges to several centimeters. Then, within 2 to 2 days secondary eruptions occur. They are rose-red and somewhat scaly with a clearing in the center, or reddish ring-shaped patches symetrically distributed over the limbs. The symptoms disappear spontaneously within 2 to 10 weeks. Treatment consists of the local application of antipuritics.


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