Know the basics
What is pityriasis rosea?
Pityriasis rosea is a common rash. This rash spots have a shape of circle or oval with a size of about 2.5 to 5 cm and they commonly appear in chest, stomach or back. They are often red, pinkish and scaly around. These spots usually go away after 2 to 8 weeks without scarring but the disease can sometimes take longer. Scales blush is not a contagious disease.
How common is pityriasis rosea?
This health condition commonly affects more males than females. It can affect patients at 10 – 35 years old. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of pityriasis rosea?
Most patients have no symptoms. However, you still may be slightly itchy rash. Other symptoms may include fatigue, fever, headache and sore throat. In most cases, these symptoms will disappear when the rash began to appear.
There may be some signs or symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms lasted long and not relieved, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Know the causes
What causes pityriasis rosea?
Scales blush tend to occur in the fall or spring. Currently, scientists have yet to determine the cause of squamous blush. There is much evidence that the disease can occur due to infection by viruses, especially by a Herpes viruses cause. However, this herpes virus is not a virus causing genital herpes.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for pityriasis rosea?
Like causes, factors increasing the risk of pityriasis rosea are still poorly understood. However, children tend to develop the disease than adults. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is pityriasis rosea diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose based on the symptoms that you have. In some cases necessary, your doctor may conduct blood tests to make sure that there is no symptom of other diseases (such as syphilis). In addition, you’ll also take a skin biopsy to confirm diagnosis.
How is pityriasis rosea treated?
If there are mild symptoms of pityriasis rosea, you may not need treatment, it will usually go away after 2-8 weeks. In necessary cases, doctor will prescribe you skin creams such as hydrocortisone to soothe the irritation. You can use histamine medication to relieve itching.
In addition, daily body hygiene, gentle shower, moderate sun exposure (preferably in the morning) or other light therapy can also help the rash remission.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage pityriasis rosea?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with pityriasis rosea:
- Follow doctor’s instruction, do not use medications without prescription or quit without doctor’s permission;
- Schedule re-examination to control the development of symptoms as well as your heath condition.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: April 13, 2017