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Pityriasis Rosea Treatment
A Virus: P rosea is probably caused by a virus (some suggest human herpes virus 7) but does not seem to transmit from one person to another like other viruses. It is somewhat seasonal--more common in the spring ; autumn. Rest, mild cortisone cream for rash--uv light ; sunshine help rash go away more quickly. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Resolves with time: Pityriasis rosea is usually self-limited, clearly in most cases in 6-8 weeks. There is no treatment that speeds clearance. However medicines may be prescribed to reduce itching in those who have significant itching. You can find more information at http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/pityriasis-rosea/diagnosis-treatment/pityriasis-rosea-diagnosis-treatment-and-outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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