FAQ - Pityriasis Rosea
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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)

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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How long does Pityriasis Rosea normally last?

Preferably information from anyone who has had this rash.
And any other information I should know about it.
(itching reliefs, how to cover it up, duration, how long until it starts to fade, etc.)

I just got this rash like two and a half weeks ago. I just need information from people who actually have had this--- not just links to WebMD, I've already looked there.

well, i use to have it and it only lasted about maybe 6weeks i believe.
For me it use to itch sometimes, but don't scratch.  (+ info)

What cream do I use to get rid of the scars left on my skin from Pityriasis rosea.?

What cream do I use to get rid of the scars left on my skin from Pityriasis rosea.?
whitening cream/fading cream is not working. Please someone suggest something to me. Never had good skin to begin with, but this just makes my self esteem very low. Cause now I can't even wear short sleeves, short, skirt, etc.

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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)

Are nausea, vomiting, and headaches associated with pityriasis rosea?

I have pityriasis rosea, and for the past few days I was nauseous, throwing up, and had really bad headaches, and I as wondering if pityriasis rosea was the cause.

The symptoms you have described are the symptoms of many diseases including meningitis, middle ear infection and hangover from excessive drinking. I do not get the impression that anyone of these applies to you.

The signs and symptoms of pityriasis rosea are as follows:
1. A large single spot (herald patch) forms.
2. The herald patch is scaled and coloured red to tan.
3. A fine rash of small spots starts to appear within a week of the first patch appearing.
4. The spots become small oval patches that are coloured red to tan.
5. The patches seem crinkly and loose in the centre.
6. The rash may be itchy.
7. The upper body and upper arms are usually affected.
8. The patches may follow the ribs in lines.
9. The rash may spread to the upper thighs.
10. Occasionally, the rash may spread to include the neck and lower face.

Pityriasis rosea is a viral infection. The virus has recently been identified as one of the herpes viruses. Children and young adults are more susceptible, for reasons unknown. Recurrences are rare - a person who develops the skin rash has only a two per cent chance of experiencing it again. Pityriasis rosea doesn’t seem to be highly contagious, but other members of the household may prefer to practise more stringent personal hygiene just for peace of mind.

Diagnosis methods:
Pityriasis rosea can be mistaken for skin conditions such as tinea (a fungal skin infection also known as ringworm) or psoriasis, so careful diagnosis is needed. Other less common illnesses, such as syphilis, may also cause a similar rash. A skin biopsy of one of the patches may be taken for laboratory analysis.

Treatment options:
It is not possible to make the rash disappear any faster, so treatment aims to manage the symptoms. Options may include:
Avoid using soap as this can irritate the rash.
Bathe using plain water or some kind of moisturiser, such as bath oil.
Steroid creams can be used to help reduce itching.
Oral antihistamines may help in cases of severe itching.
Mild moisturising creams can be applied generously and often.
Some cases may respond to ultraviolet light, so mild sunshine may be beneficial. However, avoid sunburn and don’t stay in the sun too long. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times.
Phototherapy using UVB ultraviolet light may be helpful.  (+ 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)

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)

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