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Dr. James Lin
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Pityriasis Rosea (Overview)

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, legs, chest, and back.


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I am currently suffering with pityriasis rosea, can anyone suggest anything apart natural?

I am currently suffering with pityriasis rosea, can anyone suggest anything apart natural?

Be patient: Over the years I have seen people thy lots of things that really don't influence the process at all. Since it is an auto-immune process that will burn itself out over a 4-8 wk period in most cases I now encourage patients to ignore it. The treatment should never be more trouble than the disease. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
107 Doctors shared insights

Pityriasis Rosea (Overview)

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, legs, chest, and back.


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How long does pityriasis rosea usually last?

How long does pityriasis rosea usually last?

8-12 weeks: Usually 8 weeks but occasionally as long as 12 weeks. ...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. ...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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What are the signs that pityriasis rosea is healing?

What are the signs that pityriasis rosea is healing?

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea is usually a temporary and mild cause of skin rash--occurring most commonly in spring and fall. It can itch, but not usually extremely itchy. Signs of healing are: first--no new lesions, second--less itch, and third--fading in redness of existing lesions. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pityriasis rosea?

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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Is there any known virus that can cause pityriasis rosea?

Is there any known virus that can cause pityriasis rosea?

There is...: ...Some evidence (not confirmed) that hhv-7 may be the cause. In any case, most people have antibodies to hhv-7 without ever having had pityriasis rosea. ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to treat pityriasis rosea?

What is the easiest way to treat pityriasis rosea?

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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What is the best form of treatment for pityriasis rosea rash?

What is the best form of treatment for pityriasis rosea rash?

Time: It can take up to six weeks for the rash to resolve. It rarely recurs, does not scar and does not lead to anything else. An anti-itch bland lotion can help (e.g. Sarna). If you have a rash on your hands/feet, see your doctor because syphilis can be mistaken for pityriasis. Untreated, secondary syphilis can go underground, appear to resolve and cause much worse trouble. ...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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What are some ways to get rid of pityriasis rosea?

What are some ways to get rid of 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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Can pityriasis rosea be passed down from generation to generation?

Can pityriasis rosea be passed down from generation to generation?

No.: I am not aware of any genetic tendency as in psoriasis where 70 per cent have a family member with psoriasis. ...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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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?

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