Patient Comments: Pityriasis Rosea - Treatments

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Comment from: cabeman55, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I wasn't officially diagnosed with PR, but what I get now (started a year and a half ago) looks like the pictures. I believe the guilty culprit is a type of Demodex Mite, but without validating it under a microscope the jury is still out. None-the-less, what clears it up is Hydrocortisone Cream.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: March 06

This is the second time I'm having this after 4 years, and it's actually worse than the first time, even though the mother patch was bigger last time. So definitely you don't get lifelong immunity if you get it once. This time I did not use any medication for it in the first two weeks, so my rashes grow way more than the last time, which I had used erythromycin from the beginning, and they are also more itchy than the last time.

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Comment from: Destiny, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I've had pityriasis rosea for about a month and a half, but only diagnosed by a doctor yesterday. My herald patch appeared on my collarbone around the same time two smaller spots appeared on my forearm near the inside of my elbow. I thought they were spider bites at first. As the collarbone spot got weirder, I suspected ringworm. Then the spots on my chest, abdomen, and sides started and I suspected bedbugs or fleas - but my husband didn't have spots and my cats weren't itchy. The rash has is worst on my breasts, but has spread all over my abdomen, back, inner arms, and upper thighs. The only thing that helps my itch is Avon Skin So Soft original bath oil spray. I'm terrified to have permanent marks. I'm already disabled because of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; don't need embarrassing skin spots on top of that.

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Comment from: Gia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I am 46 year old and I was just dx with PR. A few weeks ago I came down with a mild flu. As I began to feel a little better I began to break-out in red bumps all over my stomach. One day after exercising, I felt really itchy and more worm out than usual. The following day I was covered in bumps. I saw my Doctor and he knew right away what I had. I fear that the PR will leave scars.

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Comment from: kay, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Nothing can really get rid of this skin condition but you can do some things to help with the itching. I took a shower and used my morning soap and it really helped with the itching and it also helped dry them out.

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Comment from: tahowze, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I found a wonderful Chinese herbal remedy that I got from a friend of mine that is for herpes sores that occurred on his mouth. I was at a desperate point and had already postponed my wedding because I was covered with PR. I had it on my face, hands, chest, back, arms and legs. The medicine tasted vile but the rash lessened and went away within 10 days. I was in a little vial that was yellow and red and I took two every day. I had already gone through the gamut of every drug possible to relieve the symptoms from steroids to antihistamines. If I could read Chinese I would tell you the name.

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Comment from: tammonk, Female (Patient) Published: April 28

Cool gel ice packs. Nothing else reduced the itching for more than 5 min. At the initial presentation (herald patch), pack yourself in ice packs if necessary. Won't stop spreading or progression, but itching will improve.

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Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I also believe that this can be linked to the flu shot, I noticed within a few days of my flu shot I came down with a mild sickness followed by a Herald patch which then turned into a severe outbreak and diagnosed by a doctor as pityriasis rosea.

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