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What can cause pityriasis alba?

What can cause pityriasis alba?

Pityriasis alba: Pityriasis alba is a common skin disorder in children and young adults, characterized by ill-defined, scaly, faintly pink or red patches. These areas eventually subside, leaving hypopigmented (whitish) areas that slowly return to normal skin color. ...Read more

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How long does pityriasis alba takes to heal ?

How long does pityriasis alba takes to heal ?

Time and spf: Take good care of your skin, protect it from the sun, and use the medication prescribed and usually within a couple of months the skin should return to normal coloration. If not seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist in your area. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between pityriasis alba or something similar?

How to tell the difference between pityriasis alba or something similar?

Scale: Pityriasis alba is usually scaly and hypopigmented. Vitiiligo is not scaly and hypopigmented. However, mycosis fungoides can be hypopigmented and scaly. sometimes a biopsy is necessary to distinguih. ...Read more

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Hi I have had pityriasis alba for over 3 years now and it just seems to be getting worse.?

See a dermatologist: While this problem is usually a nuisance, sometimes it can be very noticeable and distressing. There are some treatments that can help control this problem. I would check with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of pityriasis alba?

How to get rid of pityriasis alba?

Pityriasis alba is…: … a self-limiting skin condition seen in children & teens & requires only time & skin moisturizers to resolve. If itching occurs, otc Hydrocortisone cream can provide relief (use only a tiny dab to treat an area; too much steroid on skin can cause problems). ...Read more

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Can a dermatologist help with pityriasis alba?

Can a dermatologist help with pityriasis alba?

Certainly!: Dermatologists are experts in diseases and conditions of the skin. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of pityriasis alba i've had it for 3 years now and just got worse please help?

How do I  get rid of pityriasis alba i've had it for 3 years now and just got worse please help?

Pityriasis alba is…: … a self-limiting skin condition seen in children & teens & requires only time & skin moisturizers to resolve. If itching occurs, otc Hydrocortisone cream can provide relief (use only a tiny dab to treat an area; too much steroid on skin can cause problems). If getting worse, see dermatologist for exam; may not be pityriasis. ...Read more

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Pityriasis alba, vitiligo, tsc?

Pityriasis alba, vitiligo, tsc?

Different conditions: These conditions can present with lightening or "hypopigmentation" of the skin but they have different causes. Pityriasis alba is form of eczema and vitiligo is an autoimmune process by which your body attacks the pigment producing cells called melanocytes which leads to loss of pigment. Not sure what tsc is, but lsc stands for lichen simplex chronicus:changes caused by rubbing/scratching skin. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to prevent pityriasis alba to take control of my face like it did last summer?

What's the best way for me to prevent pityriasis alba to take control of my face like it did last summer?

Pityriasis alba: Pityriasis alba is a type of eczema that presents as lighter-than-skin-color patches on face & arms. It is more apparent in the summer because it doesn't tan when normal skin does. In the short term, the best thing to do is to apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen so that your normal skin doesn't tan either. Also there are topical nonsteroid treatments. Steroids can lighten p. Alba even more. ...Read more

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A dermatologist diagnosed me with pityriasis alba over my body and recommended i apply lotion daily. It's been 5 years now and it's the same.Solution?

A dermatologist diagnosed me with pityriasis alba over my body and recommended i apply lotion daily. It's been 5 years now and it's the same.Solution?

Pityriasis Alba: If the diagnosis is correct, pityriasis alba is nothing more than decrease skin pigment from skin irritation. I would recommend the use of Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream, a prescription, to treat your pityriasis alba as this medication helps reduce irritation. ...Read more

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How do I treat pityriasis alba for my 8 year old? I am afraid he will be embarrassed in school. The discoloration is around his cheeks arm neck

How do I treat pityriasis alba for my 8 year old? I am afraid he will be embarrassed in school. The discoloration is around his cheeks arm neck

See below: Treatment for this is generally use of mild topical steroids and frequent moisturizers to the areas to possibly accelerate the repigmentation process. Moisturizing very well during the winter months may help prevent summer recurrence. ...Read more

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Can pityriasis rubra pilaris re occur?

Pityriasis rubra : Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a rare and chronic skin disorder. Symptoms include reddish orange discolouration scaling, and severe flaking of the skin. Dr. W.A.D. Griffiths (england) has classified six forms of prp. At this time, the cause of prp is unknown, and a cure is also unknown. In severe cases, Isotretinoin may be helpful. ...Read more

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What causes pityriasis rubra pilaris ? Can it be cured?

What  causes pityriasis rubra pilaris ?  Can it be cured?

No cure: Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a rare skin disorder similar to psoriasis. You can read about it here: http://dermnetnz.Org/scaly/pityriasis-rubra-pilaris.Html it, like psoriasis, has no cure, but can be treated. Usually, in time, it goes into a remission and patients remain clear. The cause is not fully understood, but there seems to be a genetic basis in some, and some are related to cancer. ...Read more

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What is pityriasis rosea?

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