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Pytiriasis Rosea

Updated: May 28, 2021

  • Pityriasis rosea is a skin condition that begins as a single, large pink oval-shaped patch found on the trunk of the body called the "herald patch."

  • The herald patch is followed one to two weeks later with a profusion of smaller scaling pink lesions on the torso. Pityriasis rosea is mildly itchy in 50% of cases and clears spontaneously in an average of 8 weeks or more.

  • Pityriasis rosea is sometimes accompanied by mild, flu-like symptoms.

  • Pityriasis rosea has no long-lasting health effects and is not contagious.

  • Pityriasis rosea typically occurs in healthy young adults.

  • The individual lesions form a symmetrical "Christmas tree" pattern on the back Pityriasis rosea can also affect the face, scalp and neck

  • Most people only develop pityriasis rosea once in their lifetime

  • The exact cause of pityriasis rosea remains unknown

  • Pityriasis rosea may be misdiagnosed as psoriasis, eczema, fungal infection

  • Once a person has pityriasis rosea, they generally have lifelong immunity.

The herald patch is a slightly scaly dry pink to red plaque that appears on the back, chest, or neck and has a well-defined, scaly border. Pityriasis rosea in individuals with brown or dark skin color (for example, people with African, Indian or Hispanic heritage) varies compared with those of Anglo heritage (pinkish coloration). Both the herald patch and the diffuse rash of the disease that occurs in people with brown or dark skin may develop either a gray, dark brown or black coloration. In addition, after the lesions heal, there may be areas of hypopigmentation and/or hyperpigmentation (lighter or darker patches). These skin changes are sometimes difficult to identify and may lead to a delayed or misdiagnosis in some patients.

Home remedies of pityriasis rosea include taking lukewarm baths or showers, avoiding drying soaps, wearing cotton or silk clothing to reduce heat, and taking oatmeal baths. Calamine or menthol anti-itch lotions can also be helpful for itching. The following are additional home remedies:

  • Lubricating with bland moisturizers

  • Steroid creams (hydrocortisone cream)

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) oral pills or liquid for itching

  • Natural sunlight exposure to body parts, 10-15 minutes per day

  • Cold showers and cold compress

We kindly recommend you first to seek Proffesional Medical help to get the right diagnose

We as an Aesthetician can assist you with advise and products to take care of your skin during this period


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