Patient Comments: Pityriasis Rosea - Symptoms

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A Doctor's View on Pityriasis Rosea Symptoms and Signs

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Pityriasis rosea symptoms and signs begin with a scaly red oval patch of skin on the torso known as a herald patch. Mild itching may accompany the rash. The initial eruption is followed by many smaller spots. Pityriasis rosea typically lasts three months. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Gordo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I had a number of herald patches, then other rash spots occurred. At its peak I had much itching, which was treated with prednisone. I guess what makes mine a little unusual is my age and that I have had it for 5 months. In late summer when I first showed symptoms there was no rash on my arms or legs. When I started wearing long pants and shirts I developed rash on my arms and legs also. I am about 90% rash free at this time.

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Comment from: adam, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I have rashes on my hand and legs. Most of the rashes are below the elbow of my hand and on my thigh. On my thigh the rashes are red but on my hand the rashes are of skin color. I have done the check up and the doctor diagnosed it as pityriasis rosea. I have also used the drug prescribed by the doctor, Dipgenta cream and Levocet tab 5mg. I used the medicine and the rashes disappeared leaving the marks of the rashes, but again the rashes have reappeared.

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Comment from: mother904, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I originally saw the herald patch and thought it was a ringworm. I was treated for hives at the emergency room. But I soon realized as the next day it spread all over my upper body. I didn't know what was going on. As I had no insurance, I couldn't go to a dermatologist nor could I make my way to a general doctor. I was so frustrated and googled skin issues. Once I saw the picture of this I knew this is what I had. What ticks me is how no one knows the causes and there's no way to treat. I think there should be more investigations. This is a nightmare. I have these nasty spots and I feel so itchy and insecure, not wanting my husband to touch me. I hope this goes away soon. One month down, hopefully only a little while longer to go.

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Comment from: Ali, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My boyfriend noticed the 'herald's patch' about two months ago on my back below my shoulder blade - was about 2 inches wide and I assumed it was a patch of dry skin. Then over the past week I developed small red patches on my lower stomach, sides, breasts and back. I went to the doctor and got told it was pityriasis rosea. He was surprised that it didn't itch at all and it hasn't started to yet. I presume it didn't flare up till now because I was on two very sunny holidays since I got the herald's patch.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I'm 53 /female/noticed red bumpy almost hive like markings under and in between my breasts which later in the day spread down my stomach. Within 1 day my back was well covered and even the bottom of my neck at the hairline. I saw a doctor who immediately said that it looked like pityriasis a wee bit itchy but I take reactine and used a cortate cream. I won't miss it when it's gone!

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Comment from: Colleen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I started with pityriasis rose about 2-1/2 months ago and it was diagnosed by my doctor immediately! No quick fixes from what I read but Rooibos tea baths coupled with sun and Rooibos tea oil has eliminated any itching. It is awful as we are out at the beach a lot and is very embarrassing. For a while it seemed like it was disappearing but over the last weeks a few have cropped up on my thighs and groin area. I suppose patience is the answer but it is frustrating. Stress doesn't help either. So as Churchill said KEEP CALM!

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Comment from: Greenly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I noticed a large, red, circular spot on my shoulder. Several days later I noticed three more small spots on my neck. From then on I got more spots that turned red and spread out. I am 70 years old and in good health. I had this pityriasis rosea once in my late thirties. I never thought I would get it again. The doctor prescribed triamcinolone acetonide cream. It helps with the redness, but I know the rash has to run its course. I hate that I have to endure this for 6 to 8 weeks.

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