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How long does Pityriasis Rosea spread for?

I got the "herald" patch about 2 weeks ago and started getting the full on breakout 3 days ago, it still seems to be spreading down my stomach and sides, and up my chest (started near my sternum). How long can I expect it to keep spreading before it stops and starts getting better? Also, the spots/bumps aren't that red at the moment, do the get redder or bigger as it progresses?

It lasts a few weeks, then it goes away by itself. I had it when I was a teenager, and I thought it must be something serious. The doctor said there is no treatment for it because it goes away by itself and doesn't hurt or anything.

I asked him if he could give me something for the itching. He said "Hmm, does it itch?" Actually it didn't, but it looked like it should.

I was lucky, it was mostly around my waist where it didn't show. But at least it doesn't hurt and it goes away by itself. Yes, I think the bumps that aren't red will turn red.  (+ info)

Any new treatments or natural remedies for pityriasis rosea?

I am just nervous about any spreading and of course would love to have it clear up faster. I have the herald spot on my upper chest which makes dressing difficult because it's hard to hide it. I know that they say that you have to wait it out, I was just wondering if anyone knows something I dont! Thanks in advance everyone!

I have Pityriasis also. It is TERRIBLE!! I have had it for about 3 weeks now, and it is still spreading. I have heard that tanning beds help, even though I have fair skin, I think I may try it this weekend. Anything to try wouldn't hurt it. It is ALL over the bottom half of my back, looks like sores all over me. I have it on my buttocks, breast, on my thighs, some spots below my knees. I am starting to get it on my arms too. I have been researching it online. I am 28/F. I was hoping when I was first diagnosed w/ it that I would be lucky and only get a mild case of it, but I am beginning to think that it is more severe.
I have a cream from the derm. awhile back that does seem to help. It is called Triamcinolone 0.1 I don't have much left, so I put just a tad on sometimes when I get out of the shower. It seems to help some of the spots fade quicker. I think I will call my dr. tomorrow and see if I can get a refill. I just wanted to write you so you know that someone else is going thru it too. I just keep telling myself it will be gone sometime eventually...lol and that it isn't serious. That helps reassure me sometimes. Good Luck!   (+ info)

If I had Pityriasis Rosea before is it definite that it may come back again?

I was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea a year ago. Everything healed well but I get paranoid when I see something that may look like a "patch" or if my back itches. I have one that looks like it on my side and was wondering does it eventually come back?

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how to get rid of scars left from pityriasis rosea?

i have pityriasis rosea and it went away in a few weeks, i have brown skin cuz im half black and the pityriasis rosea is on my neck, although the actual condition is gone, i have scars left from it, theres patches of lighter shades of skin color on my neck and is very visible and embarrassing, how can i make them go away or cover them up, or make them less visible? thank u.

I recommend using herbal cream like Zenmed Rosacea Solution: http://zenmed.com/rosacea?a=5881&x=click

For scar ...I recommend using herbal cream like Zenmed Scar and Hyperpigmentation Treatment:

You can expect great results quickly and easily :-)  (+ info)

What's the difference between Eczema and Pityriasis Rosea?

Eczema is a general term for rash-like skin conditions. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction. Eczema is often very itchy and when you scratch it, the skin becomes red and inflamed.

It occurs in adults and children, but most often appears on babies. You are more likely to have eczema if you have a family history of the condition.

Pityriasis rosea is a rash that usually begins with a large, scaly, pink patch on the chest or back, which is called a "herald" or "mother" patch. It is frequently confused with ringworm, but antifungal creams do not help because it is not a fungus.

Pityriasis rosea often requires no treatment and it usually goes away by itself. However, treatment may include external or internal medications for itching.

Pityriasis rosea is most common in the spring and fall.  (+ info)

How can i treat Pityriasis Rosea?

I have had Pityriasis Rosea for over 2 months and it won't go away. No my skin is black in some parts and it still itches. I want these ugly spots to go away and i would like to stop scratching and scabing myself. Please Help.

The most important thing is not to scratch and use lots of lotion, stay clean  (+ info)

Do you have to have syphilis to have Pityriasis Rosea?

It said on WebMD that Pityriasis Rosea is a form of syphilis.
On WebMd it said that Pityriasis Rosea sometimes occurs in colder months.

I haven't checked WebMD to see where the confusion is, but syphilis is caused by a bacterium (T. pallidum), whereas pityriasis rosea is presumed to be caused by a virus. However, when a patient with pityriasis rosea is seen by a physician, the doctor must make sure that the patient doesn't have syphilis, as the two disorders might have a similar appearing rash. The two disorders, however, are in no way related. I hope this clears up the confusion for you.  (+ info)

Is there a specific diet that can help with pityriasis rosea?

it's a skin condition that doctors don't know the origin of and it's not contagious in any sort of way and there's no real cure, it goes away in 4-8 weeks.

No, the dermatologist never mentioned anything about a diet shortening the duration of pityriasis rosea. I had it too last year and dealt with it for 2 months. Just keep applying the prescribed topical anti-itch cream-- there's nothing really you can do to get rid of the rashes itself...let it go away on its own.

And you probably already knew this, but avoid excess HEAT. No exercising, or any vigorous physical activity...if you want to keep it from being really itchy!

Good luck! and hopefully it won't come back as a second episode....so far mine hasn't! :-)

PS - are you on any birth control pill? Many women contacted me saying they got pitryiasis too while on the pill. Wondering maybe if there's a link between the two??  (+ info)

How to cure a rash asap! Possibly pityriasis rosea?

My rash first started out as a few tiny little bumps...which soon grew into a million more bumps all over my body: on my neck, my arms, stomach, back and legs. I went to the docotor and he BELEIVES it is pityriasis rosea.
My prom is comming up and I dont know how i will wear my dress with these disgusting bumps :(
Please help!

Thank you.

Pityriasis rosea usually resolves on it's own but it can take a month or two. Oatmeal baths can help a bit and also cool compresses. Many think it's due to a virus. Don't use hot water when you shower or take baths. I know it must be frustrating.

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Anyone know any thing about the skin fungus pityriasis versicolor?

My boyfriend has it and we know all about it and what it is. The doctor recomended using selsun blue on it for a week. Has anyone ever had this skin ailment or know any other remedies to clear it up?

Treatment for tinea versicolor depends upon the overall health, age and medical history of the infected person. Since tinea versicolor is caused by fungus, you can apply OTC antifungal creams twice daily. Apply antidandruff shampoo that contains selenium sulfide on the patches. Take bath daily, this will remove dead cells and fungus from your skin.  (+ info)

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