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Can pityriasis rosea be caused by stress?
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No.
It is related to a minor bacterial infection and there is no data for stress as a factor.

In brief: No.
It is related to a minor bacterial infection and there is no data for stress as a factor.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
No one knows the cause, though an unusual reaction to herpes 7 is a "usual suspect". "Stress" as a cause of disease receives much popular attention but there's almost no real science here. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology
In brief: Not directly
We are uncertain of the cause and theories speculate it may be a reaction to a viral infection.
In terms of stress being a functional immunosuppressant, it may increase your chance of pityriasis, however there is no causal role that has been shown.

In brief: Not directly
We are uncertain of the cause and theories speculate it may be a reaction to a viral infection.
In terms of stress being a functional immunosuppressant, it may increase your chance of pityriasis, however there is no causal role that has been shown.
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
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