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Tanning beds ok to self treat pityriasis rosea?

Tanning beds ok to self treat pityriasis rosea?

No: Pityriasis rosea is a self-limited condition. If you feel you need therapy, see a physician who can prescribe a topical medication. Avoid tanning beds where you will get unreliable dosing as well as uncertain wavelength delivery. Not worth putting your future self at risk to treat a condition that goes away on its own. ...Read more

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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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Does tanning help clear up Pityriasis Rosea? I know tanning is bad, but im suffering with this itchy rash and I dont go over board with tanning.

Does tanning help clear up Pityriasis Rosea? I know tanning is bad, but im suffering with this itchy rash and I dont go over board with tanning.

No: Phototherapy using UVA and UVB is used to treat various skin conditions, including pityriasis rosea in rare cases when the itch cannot be controlled by other means. However, tanning beds are not suited for this purpose as they typically emit only UVA. Phototherapy using UVA is done in a manner that quantifies dosing and may incorporate topical sensitizers that helps target the treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat pityriasis rosea/shingles?

How to treat pityriasis rosea/shingles?

Different conditions: They're completely different conditions. You don't treat pityriasis. You treat shingles with valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read more

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What creams will treat scars from pityriasis rosea?

What creams will treat scars from pityriasis rosea?

Scar treatment: Most scar creams are anecdotally successful & may work early on-silicone based creams probably work best. Most treatment to improve the appearance of scars like this use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html fractional laser treatments can also be helpful. ...Read more

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How common is pityriasis rosea rash? I have a rash with symptoms 100% accurate to this. Had rash for 3wks now. 2 docs, 2 diff ans. Self diagnosing now

How common is pityriasis rosea rash? I have a rash with symptoms 100% accurate to this. Had rash for 3wks now. 2 docs, 2 diff ans. Self diagnosing now

Relatively common: Pityriasis rosea is not a rare type of rash, it presented with scattered oval shape rashes, distributed upper chest and back, center can seen scaling change, lighter color in the center, most people do not have too many symptums, it is self-limiting, ressolves in 3 to 4 month period, no unknown cause of it, . ...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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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 is the easiest way to treat pityriasis rosea?

What is the easiest way to treat pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis rosea: It will get better without treatment. However, ultraviolet light often speeds up clearing. ...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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Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more