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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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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

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How bad is pityriasis rosea?

How bad is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis Rosea: This is not a dangerous skin condition and a lot of times, it is asymptomatic. However, it can be itchy and you can treat it with steroid creams. It will usually clear on its own in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What causes 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

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How to cure pityriasis rosea?

How to cure pityriasis rosea?

Goes away by itself: Light therapy through a dermatologist or natural sunlight can reduce the itching and speed the fading of lesions.With no treatment the lesions fade in 4-12 weeks. ...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 is pityriasis rosea like?

What is pityriasis rosea like?

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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What exactly is pityriasis rosea?

What exactly is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis rosea is a common type of skin rash seen in young adults. 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. ...Read more

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Will pityriasis rosea ever go away?

Usually: It can take 6-8 weeks and if the rash is persistent it may be worthwhile to see a dermatologist and confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does pityriasis rosea look like?

What does pityriasis rosea look like?

Website : Please see this site: http://www.M.Webmd.Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-pityriasis-rosea.

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What is pityriasis rosea in children?

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea (pr) is an acute, self-limited, exanthematous skin disease characterized by the appearance of slightly inflammatory, oval, papulosquamous lesions on the trunk and proximal areas of the extremities. The possibilities for having a viral etiology has been discussed. ...Read more

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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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What are the tests for pityriasis rosea?

No specific test: It is diagnosed mainly by excluding other possible causes and how it presents. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat pityriasis rosea?

What can I do 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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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?

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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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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What symptoms are common with pityriasis rosea?

What symptoms are common with pityriasis rosea?

Website : Please see this site: http://www.M.Webmd.Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/pityriasis-rosea-topic-overview.

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