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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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


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How long does pityriasis rosea last if untreated?

How long does pityriasis rosea last if untreated?

Few weeks: Pityriasis, despite being harmless, can be unsightly, and is difficult to treat. It can last a few weeks (6-8). ...Read more

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How long does pityriasis rosea treatment last?

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea usually lasts 4to12 weeks before clearing spontaneously, although sometimes it can last up to 4 to 6 months. Usually treatment is not needed, although ultraviolet b light administered by a dermatologist can hasten resolution. ...Read more

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How long did the symptoms of pityriasis rosea, like headaches, nausea and weakness last?

Pityriasis rosea PR: Infection presumed viral/viral like particle w/either no presenting symptoms or w ha/malaise/sore throat followed days-wks later by crops of salmon colored patches in a 'christmas tree pattern' on the back and spreading out to the body. Most cases clear in 4-6 wks but some can persist several months. Many things mimic it (2ndary syphilis, acute hiv, psoriasis, tinea, eczema) if persists see a doc. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea how long do symtoms last? I also have a bumpy hard rash on legs that doesn't itch what could this be?

Been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea how long do symtoms last?  I also have a bumpy hard rash on legs that doesn't itch what could this be?

See below: Pityriasis rosea is a self-limiting rash that may last up to 6 weeks. As far as the rash on your legs are concerned it is impossible to diagnose rashes online as there are myriad causes. May want to seek out your doc again for advice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pityriasis rosea hearald patch is on thigh for 3 and half months-why this long?only 2 other spots are present,they fade and back at other place.

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea is an eruption thought to be of infectious etiology. 80% of cases remit spontaneously in 6-8 weeks. In refractory cases, ultraviolet light, systemic corticosteroids, or erythromycin for 2 weeks may be effective. However, a doctor visit is recommended to ensure that this is truly a recurrence, since that happens in less than 5% of cases by some reports. ...Read more

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Is pityriasis rosea and pityriasis versicolor are same thing?Are they serious?What are the treatment and how long they take to go away?Can they recur?

No: Pr is felt to represent a viral process that created antibodies to an infection that preceded the rash by weeks & ends up creating the skin rash that self heals but may last weeks to months. P.Versicolor is caused by a specific skin fungus called malassezia furfur & is treated by using specific meds. ...Read more

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What is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis rosea (also known as pityriasis rosea giber) is a skin rash. It is benign but may inflict substantial discomfort in certain cases.Classically, it begins with a single "herald patch" lesion, followed in 1 or 2 weeks by a generalized body rash lasting up to 12 weeks, however usually around 6 - 8. The cause of pityriasis rosea is not certain, but believed to be caused by a virus. ...Read more