Patient Comments: Pityriasis Rosea - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your pityriasis rosea?

A Doctor's View on Pityriasis Rosea Treatment

Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Aside from the rash, most cases of pityriasis rosea are asymptomatic. The rash must simply run its course over a period of about three months. Topical steroids and oral antihistamines may be of benefit to those who experience itching. Exposure to ultraviolet light may also help to ease symptoms. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Audra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I got this rash almost three weeks ago. At first, I thought it was hives but then went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea. I kind of knew it wasn't hives because Benadryl didn't clear it up for me. After the first week, it was all over my torso, back, and some on my neck and arms which itched the worst. The doctors told me to wait it out – they even told me to keep working out and just put hydrocortisone all over myself to stop the itching. Whenever I was sweating it would itch unbearably and I would get more. I went to my acupuncturist who told me to take lukewarm/cold showers and to get some sun. He also gave me some herbs called "YinVive" or Liu Wei Di Huang Pian. Well, almost three weeks later, thanks to 5 tanning sessions and taking the herbs three times a day, I'm about 85% better. I figure one more week and two more tans should kick this thing for good. I also cleaned up my diet a little bit – stopped drinking alcohol, cut out sweets, and lowered my carbohydrates, and started taking multi-vitamins again. Seriously, when doctors tell you to "wait it out" that's nonsense. There are remedies out there that can speed up the healing process.

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Comment from: Monica, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 26

My 10-year-old son has had pityriasis rosea for the past 7 months. The rash started in August 2013 and we made several visits to various dermatologists and used all sorts of creams but nothing worked. After the anguish of not knowing what it was up to November, a biopsy was done and the results indicated that he had pityriasis rosea. This for me, was a relief because I thought a cure would be easily found. However, I became more depressed upon realizing that it has no cure. The dermatologist continued prescribing various creams especially to stop the itching. At the beginning of this month (February 2014), he prescribed 5% salicylic acid in petroleum jelly. He applied this twice a day. He also prescribed Quadriderm cream, applying it once a day. He also took erythromycin estolate Tablets. This medication was for 10 days but within a week of taking, the rash started to fade away. It is such a relief and I wanted to share this with everyone who could be in similar situations. The doctor has now prescribed 15% azelaic acid to assist clearing the scars. He has continued with the 5% salicylic acid in petroleum jelly but once a day as well as the erythromycin tablets. He is taking these for 10 more days.

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Comment from: Val, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had pityriasis rosea for about over 8 months. After looking online in this forum I have used Head & Shoulders (clinical strength 100%flake free shampoo) and used as a body wash; it is in an orange product inside blue container. I also used Cortizone-10 (Hydratensive Natural Aloe Formula Healing); it helps heal dry, itchy skin. The result is phenomenal in just one week in the front of my body, the spots had become invisible and in another half week they were gone. And at the back where it is hard to reach it has become a lot less visible but should be gone shortly. I had this for over 9 month and it was spreading all over my body.

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Comment from: Sharon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have pityriasis rosea. I have tried medications, UV light, creams and calamine lotion (Epimax/Epizone). I have researched and used my own concoctions like coconut/tea tree/zinc/tissue oils, shampoos (Head & Shoulders works for yeast infections only) but nothing worked. I finally found relief from prednisone, Aterax, Trepiline, Dazit, Advantan cream and Dermovate mixed with Epimax. This was the treatment given to me by my dermatologist after numerous visits and test and this honestly works. For the first time in weeks, I have no itching, just the scars which will take time to heal. Taking cold as possible baths helps, hot water makes you itch more.

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Comment from: lolita, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Head and Shoulders and Bio-Oil helped me with my pityriasis rosea. After a week of using Head and Shoulders and Bio-Oil I am looking 90 percent normal.

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Comment from: Nikola, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

Hello, I'm 24 years old and I have been suffering from pityriasis rosea for 5 weeks and 2 days. Yes I have been counting. When I first had this I went to the doctor about three weeks into the condition (I procrastinate). He told me I had an allergic reaction. He gave me a steroid shot which helped and then gave me some sort of antibiotic 14 pill system. Went back again when it got worse one week later and... same thing, expect more antibiotics. Pityriasis Rosea can possibly be linked to a virus so antibiotics would not help. What did help is this; get Dove healing brand the one that says #1 etc. Use that only to shower and Head and Shoulders regular brand for the shampoo. UV light does help so I went to a tanning salon with the highest grade UV safe tanning beds. Also get Jergen's healing care lotion or Curel unscented and use to keep skin moist but not too wet. I've done all that except the tanning for 4 days and tanned the last two. The results are amazing the relief is ridiculous. If you have this you know what I am saying seriously do this. I can finally sleep. Oh yeah I used Children's Benadryl to help me sleep only taking 50 mg sparingly. Hope this helps! I am not a doctor but if we can get a study on this? Seriously I'd rather go through pneumonia or a crazy fever than go through this because it lasts so long. It's like the Chinese water drop torture technique.

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