Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a common skin rash. It occurs most often in children and young adults. The rash is scaly and reddish-pink. It may first appear on the back, stomach, or chest. The rash can then spread to the neck, arms, and legs. The rash may last for several months. It will usually go away on its own. Talk to your doctor if you have a widespread rash.

  • Causes

    The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown. It may be caused by viruses or a certain medicine, such as antibiotics or heart medications.

  • Definition

    Pityriasis rosea is a common skin rash. It occurs most often in children and young adults. The rash is scaly and reddish-pink. It may first appear on the back, stomach, or chest. The rash can then spread to the neck, arms, and legs.

    The rash may last for several months. It will usually go away on its own. Talk to your doctor if you have a widespread rash.

  • Diagnosis

    Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Pityriasis rosea can usually diagnosed by looking at your rash.You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders if the rash is difficult to identify.


    Some tests may be done to eliminate the possibility of other conditions. This rash may look like other skin disorders such as
    eczema
    ,
    ringworm
    ,
    syphilis
    , and
    psoriasis
    . These tests may include:

    • Blood tests
    • Skin scrape
    • Skin biopsy

    Skin Biopsy
    Skin proceedure
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  • Prevention

    There is no known way to prevent pityriasis rosea. It does not spread from person to person. It is not likely to recur. This rash does not leave permanent marks. However, some people with dark skin may have some skin discoloration. This will usually fads with time.

  • Risk Factors

    Pityriasis rosea is more likely to occur in the spring and fall.

  • Symptoms


    If you have any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to pityriasis rosea. They may be caused by other health conditions. Symptoms associated with pityriasis rosea include:

    • Feeling ill—You may feel ill like you are getting a cold just before the rash appears.

    • Having a herald patch—often the first lesion to appear.

      • Large, oval, scaly patch that is often on the back, stomach, armpit, or chest.
      • Lesions found on the back tend to form a “Christmas tree” pattern.
    • More lesions that appear after several days

    • Lesions are not typically itchy, but mild to severe itching may occur in some patients

      • Itching worsens when the body overheats.
      • This may happen during physical activities or after taking a hot shower.
    • Skin redness or inflammation
    • Feeling tired and achy

    If symptoms last for more than three months, contact your doctor.

  • Treatment

    There is no cure for pityriasis rosea. The rash will usually go away on its own. Treatment may be able to relieve some of the symptoms, such as itching. Treatment options include the following: