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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Pityriasis Rosea

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pityriasis Rosea (Definition)

Pityriasis Rosea is a skin rash that commonly occurs in young adults. It usually lasts 4 to 8 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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How long does pityriasis rosea treatment last?

How long does pityriasis rosea treatment last?

Pityriasis rosea: Pityriasis rosea usually lasts 4to12 weeks before clearing spontaneously, although sometimes it can last up to 4 to 6 months. Usually treatment is not needed, although ultraviolet b light administered by a dermatologist can hasten resolution. ...Read more

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What are the causes an treatment of pityriasis rosea?

What are the causes an treatment of pityriasis rosea?

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

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I have pityriasis rosea, does anyone know any treatment?

I have pityriasis rosea, does anyone know any treatment?

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's the best treatment to get rid of pityriasis rosea?

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 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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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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How bad is pityriasis rosea?

How bad is pityriasis rosea?

Not bad.: Pr is harmless. If you're sure it's that, you don't need to do anything; it will go away on its own. However, dermatologists often order a blood test to be sure it is not a similar-appearing but more serious disease, which does need treatment. So if you're not sure, or if the rash doesn't go away within a reasonable period of time, see a dermatologist. ...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 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