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Is the 'herald patch' quite common in winter and does it go away on its own?

Is the 'herald patch' quite common in winter and does it go away on its own?

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that usually begins as one large circular or oval spot on your chest, abdomen or back. Called a herald patch, this initial spot can be up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) across. The herald patch is typically followed by a distinctive pattern of similar but smaller lesions that sweep out from the middle of your body in a shape that resembles drooping pine-tree branches. ...Read more

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Can pityriasis rosea only have herald patch with 2 small dots on other parts of body?all non itchy.how to tell difference of psoriasis n Pityriasis R?

Can pityriasis rosea only have herald patch with 2 small dots on other parts of body?all non itchy.how to tell difference of psoriasis n Pityriasis R?

Typically PR has: more spots and more diffuse presentation over torso and upper arms and legs. But anything is possible. It is very different than psoriasis vulgaris which has large plaques with silvery scales on top, PR has small macules (flat) that have oval shape with minimal scale. Guttate psoriasis can more mimic PR however distribution is different and lesions round not oval. A dermatologist will know the dif ...Read more

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Pityriasis rosea, I've had it before. Does the herald patch appear in the same spot? I think I have it again & there's a dry patch on my shoulder

Pityriasis rosea, I've had it before. Does the herald patch appear in the same spot? I think I have it again & there's a dry patch on my shoulder

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis rosea is believed to be caused by a virus. It occurs most often in the fall and spring. Although pityriasis rosea may occur in more than one person in a household at a time, it is not thought to spread from one person to another. Rarely, the following tests are needed: A blood test to be sure it is not a form of syphilis, which can cause a similar rash. Rare to get PR twice. ...Read more

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Herald patch of pityriasis rosea is on leg for 2 months and a half-unchanged.has one more dot close to it.when will it fade?it is PR patch for sure

Herald patch of pityriasis rosea is on leg for 2 months and a half-unchanged.has one more dot close to it.when will it fade?it is PR patch for sure

About 3 months: The rash of pityriasis typically lasts about 3 months. The size of the lesions are not predictive of how long the rash will persist. Without seeing it I cannot say, but if you are concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i put pure Lard on pityriasis rosea herald patch that is on thigh for 2 months and 20 days?Or some other cream?patch is dry and non itchy

Can i put pure Lard on pityriasis rosea herald patch that is on thigh for 2 months and 20 days?Or some other cream?patch is dry and non itchy

Confused: You indicate that you had PR 2 YEARS ago and you wish to use lard on a herald patch present for 2 months. I suspect that you need a more precise diagnosis. PR rarely if ever occurs more than once. If it is PR, it does not matter what you put on it. Why use lard for anything on the skin??? Not what I would do. Oh, and the zinc pills are a waste of money, possibly harmful. ...Read more

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Can hydrocortizone 1% cream be applied for fading of non-itchy rash on leg which is pityriasis rosea herald patch, on skin for almost 2 months, ?

Can hydrocortizone 1% cream be applied for fading of  non-itchy rash on leg which is pityriasis rosea herald patch, on skin for almost 2 months, ?

Doubtful: Hydrocortisone is helpful for itchy or inflamed rashes. We believe that pityriasis is caused by a virus and not inflammatory. I would expect a herald patch to be accompanied by others by now. You should consider that this might be another cause such as eczema or lupus. I would recommend an examination. ...Read more