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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Can pityriasis rosea reoccur?

Can pityriasis rosea reoccur?

Yes: It is uncommon, but not rare for pr to recur. I believe it may be a manifestation of several viral infections. There is scientific data showing a possible link to hsv6, but not everyone with pr has tested positive for it in the studies. So i think it's likely that other viruses can trigger the same response. ...Read more

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What can be done for pityriasis rosea?

What can be done for  pityriasis rosea?

None.: Nothing you can do for it. It is a reaction to viral infection, but not the virus directly causes this rash. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have pityriasis rosea?

How do I know if I have pityriasis rosea?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can pityriasis rosea spread dramatically?

Can pityriasis rosea  spread dramatically?

Yes.: It starts as a single large flaky red oval plaque on neck, arm or trunck(called herald patch or "mother" patch); then suddenly spreading to whole body in a few days(on back, it spreads like a christmas tree). ...Read more

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Can pityriasis rosea occur just on the face?

Can pityriasis rosea occur just on the face?

Pityriasis rosea: There are no absolute yes or no answers in medicine. However it would be exceedingly uncommon to have pityriasis rosea limited to the face. In fact it doesn't usually affect the face. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat pityriasis rosea?

Difficult to treat!: Pityriasis rosea is a self- limited rash that can be quite extensive, and may last for a few weeks. It is not contagious, and will eventually clear on it's own without any treatment. That being said, if itching is present, an oral antihistamine in combination with a topical Hydrocortisone (1 or 2.5%) may be beneficial. Uv light therapy has also been shown to speed clearing of the lesions. ...Read more

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What happens if you keep scratching pityriasis rosea sores?

What happens if you keep scratching pityriasis rosea sores?

Itchy pityriasis: Pityriasis rosea last six weeks or less, and improves with ultraviolet light or topical steroids. Frequently and/or aggressively scratching pityriasis rosea can result in chronic eczema, that lasts indefinitely. Also, breakdown in the skin barrier increases risk of skin infection. Do your best to avoid scratching. Use moisturizing ointments or otc pramoxine. Cool compresses also decrease the itch. ...Read more

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What are the common presenting symptoms of pityriasis rosea?

What are the common presenting symptoms of pityriasis rosea?

Rash: Pityriasis rosea presents first as a single large pinkish-red patch. Generally, about 1-2 weeks later, a more diffuse rash develops in a "christmas tree" distribution along the lines of skin tension. Usually, each red patch has a round area of scaliness within the borders of redness. It can occasionally be itchy. ...Read more

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Pityriasis Rosea (Definition)

Pityriasis Rosea is a skin rash that commonly occurs in young adults. It usually lasts 4 to 8 weeks. The rash is often pink, oval-shaped, itchy, and may appear in a Christmas tree-like pattern. The rash begins as one single patch before it begins to appear on the arms, ...Read more