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Pityriasis rosea rash. Is it contagious to newborn babies?

Pityriasis rosea rash. Is it contagious to newborn babies?

Have never seen it: Although I probably se a half dozen cases of pr /yr I have never seen it in a newborn in three decades + of practice. I do remember one case in a toddler about 18 mo, but none younger. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pityriasis Rosea (Definition)

A skin rash that commonly occurs in young adults. It usually lasts four to eight 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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I have pityriasis rosea and so does my boyfriend, but apparently it's not contagious. How did we both get it then?

I have pityriasis rosea and so does my boyfriend, but apparently it's not contagious. How did we both get it then?

No, read below: Parents of children with pr typically want information about etiology (not really known), infectivity (thought to be very low), relapse (unusual), and complications or dangers (rare)
acute, self-limited, exanthematous skin disease felt most likely to be due to a viral etiology. The rash may persist for two to three months, then gone ...Read more

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Have pityriasis rosea. Am I contagious? Can I give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if I got this? Is it connected?

Have pityriasis rosea. Am I contagious? Can I give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if I got this? Is it connected?

No X 3: Once the rash of pr has emerged the contagious period of whatever caused it has passed. It has no known link to hpv. Some suspect human herpes virus strains 6 and 7 (not herpes)as a potential cause but data to confirm this is limited. It is a self limited condition that will fade without treatment over weeks to months. ...Read more

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I got pityriasis rosea again after almost 2 years. Why it reoccured? Is it a virus, is it contagious? How to heal it faster? Is it sexually transmitted?

I got pityriasis rosea again after almost 2 years. Why it reoccured? Is it a virus, is it contagious? How to heal it faster? Is it sexually transmitted?

Profession not sure: This is not allergic or bacterial or fungal and is thought but not proven to be viral. It is not sexually transmitted and there is no medication to make it go away faster. A second occurrence is a bit unusual and may be worth consultation with dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to give a baby pityriasis rosea?

Is it possible to give a baby pityriasis rosea?

Unlikely: I have seer pr in toddlers but never in infants. Since it is an immune related process there is likely a point that infants are too young to form the response that generates the rash. It is also hard to track the origin of a persons pr and know when they are contagious. The proposed illness that precedes it is long gone by the time the rash appears. ...Read more

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How can I prevent pityriasis rosea? Is there anything I can do to prevent my child or myself from contracting pityriasis rosea? .

How can I prevent pityriasis rosea? Is there anything I can do to prevent my child or myself from contracting pityriasis rosea? .

Live in a buble: Pr is thought to represent an auto-immune skin reaction to a past illness. Usually one that preceded the first big spot by weeks. As it spreads, the pr pattern sets up & becomes recognizable. It generally self corrects within a month or two, but can get you some odd comments if the spots are seen by others. ...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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I have pityriasis rosea, does anyone know any treatment?

I have pityriasis rosea, does anyone know any treatment?

Time: Treatments for pityriasis rosea (pr) can help ease symptoms or shorten the duration. For example steroids creams & ointments can help ease itching and decrease redness. Itching can also be reduced with the use of antihistamines. The duration of pr may also be shortened by one to two weeks by taking antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir (zovirax). However, pr usually resolves on its own (2-4 wks). ...Read more

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I have pityriasis rosea. Can I bathe? And should I avoid certain foods like egg and meat?

I have pityriasis rosea. Can I bathe? And should I avoid certain foods like egg and meat?

No lifestyle changes: You can do anything you want, and if you've got somebody special, that's fine too. Anyone who tells you about food choices making a difference is misinformed or worse. Getting a sunburn and/or taking a little erythromycin have been said to make the illness itch less or go away faster -- your physician can be your guide. Hope you're well soon. ...Read more

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Can I swim in the sea (a salty water) and go to the seaside if I have pityriasis rosea?

Yes: The rash will clear in time whether you enjoy your swim or not. It should not aggravate it in any way. ...Read more

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My doctor is unsure whether I have pityriasis rosea or scabies. He treated me for both but none of them helped the intense itch/rash. Suggestions?

My doctor is unsure whether I have pityriasis rosea or scabies. He treated me for both but none of them helped the intense itch/rash. Suggestions?

May be neither: The two aren't really ringers for each other. The first concern with an itchy rash is that you're taking some kind of medication (including some "natural holistic remedy" that may not be what it's labelled). It's not erythema multiforme, is it? Another common very-itchy rash with the symmetry of pityriasis rosea is dermatitis herpetiformis. Maybe you need a "derm" consult. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My period is more than two months late (39 days to be exact) because of pcos, and I have pityriasis Rosea. Could these two things possibly be related?

My period is more than two months late (39 days to be exact) because of pcos, and I have pityriasis Rosea. Could these two things possibly be related?

NO: Absolutely 2 very different things. One has nothing to do with the other. How long have you had PR? Itch? Usually lasts 1 or 2 months and never comes back. ...Read more

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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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Is it ok to swim with pityriasis rosea?

Is it ok to swim with pityriasis rosea?

Yes: Chlorine in a pool may be slightly irritating in sensitive individuals. ...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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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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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?

Pityriasis: You may get a secondary fungus or bacterial infection. This disease is sometimes very itchy and the best thing to do is see a skin doctor to help this. It is not contagious. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea is a common rash. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pityriasis-rosea/basics/symptoms/CON-20028446 ...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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My wife thinks I should see someone for my pityriasis rosea. Should i?

I think so: Pityriasis rosea is easy to diagnose if the herald patch is classic and the salmon-plaques with long axes parallel to the dermatomes are there. It itches like crazy for weeks and you don't want that. Erythromycin and using a tanning bed / getting a sunburn (just this once, okay?) are supposed to help. ...Read more

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How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea. Is this condition something that is considered serious? .

Not Serious: Pityriasis rosea is skin condition that begins with a "herald patch" 1 larger red scaley area and then you develop multiple of them. Some people think that it's related to a virus. It typically lasts weeks to months and there are not a lot of great therapies- topical steroids, light therapy, etc. ...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 could be the reason why my pityriasis rosea hasn't gone away yet?

Might not be PR: It might be something else.

If its been more than 6 months, its probably not pr and you probably should see a dermatologist for a biopsy. ...Read more

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How to get rid of pityriasis rosea?

Self-cures: Tanning under ultraviolet light is usually a bad idea, but in this case it may speed healing. Be careful. Oral erythromycin may work -- nobody knows how. ...Read more

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