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What can I do to treat pityriasis rosea?

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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