Pityriasis Rosea (cont.)
Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Pityriasis rosea facts
- What is pityriasis rosea?
- Who gets pityriasis rosea?
- What causes pityriasis rosea?
- What are pityriasis rosea symptoms and signs?
- How is pityriasis rosea diagnosed?
- What are some common misdiagnoses of pityriasis rosea?
- What is the treatment for pityriasis rosea?
- What home remedies can I use for pityriasis rosea?
- Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for pityriasis rosea?
- Where can I find more information and facts about pityriasis rosea?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
What home remedies can I use for pityriasis rosea?
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 lotions can also be helpful for itching. The following are additional home remedies:
- Lubricating with bland moisturizers
- Oatmeal baths
- Calamine or menthol lotions
- Steroid creams (hydrocortisone cream)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) oral pills or liquid for itching
- Natural sunlight exposure to body parts, 10-15 minutes per day
Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?
There is no definitive prevention for pityriasis rosea, as the cause is not yet fully known. As with most viral infections, helpful prevention tips may include good basic hygiene, hand washing, and avoidance of ill contacts and of aerosolized respiratory droplets from people coughing or sneezing.
What is the prognosis for pityriasis rosea?
The general prognosis for pityriasis rosea is excellent as most cases clear even without treatment within nine weeks.
Pityriasis rosea will, in nearly all cases, clear completely on its own, with or without medical treatment. It typically leaves no long-lasting scars, although some mild, temporary skin discoloration called post inflammatory hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation can occur in people with darker skin. It has no known long-lasting side effects and has not been associated with any other diseases.
Symptoms may be reduced with topical treatment or taking extra precaution to prevent overheating, and the rash will usually clear on its own in six to eight weeks. Once a person has pityriasis rosea, they generally have lifelong immunity.
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