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What is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis rosea is a common rash usually seen in individuals between 10 to 35 years of age. The rash typically lasts six to eight weeks, rarely extending 12 weeks or longer. Once a person has pityriasis rosea, it generally does not recur in their lifetime.

Pityriasis rosea characteristically begins as an asymptomatic single, large pink, scaly patch called the "herald patch" or mother patch, measuring 2-10 centimeters. The herald patch is a dry, pink to red patch which appears on the back, chest, or neck and has a well-defined, scaly border.

One to two weeks following the initial appearance of the herald patch, a person will then develop many smaller pink patches across their trunk, arms, and legs. The second stage of pityriasis rosea erupts with a large number of oval spots, ranging in diameter from 0.5 centimeter (size of a pencil eraser) to 1.5 centimeters (size of a peanut). The individual spots form a symmetrical "Christmas tree" pattern on the back with the long axis of the ovals oriented in the "Lines of Blaschko" (invisible skin lines of embryonic origin). This rash is usually limited to the trunk, arms, and legs, rarely occurring on the face and neck. Pityriasis rosea generally spares the face, hands, and feet.

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Comment from: Therese, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

After two weeks of seeing the herald spot I went to the doctor. She prescribed an antibiotic thinking it was ringworm. However the signs appeared about 2 months after I had a flu shot. I wonder if it is related to taking a flu shot. Rubbing tea tree oil helps with the itching, but leaves the patches white after, however a moisturizing cream used after will take away the whiteness. I am now in week 7 and looking forward to it just going away for good.

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Comment from: Sissy12, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

At first, my herald patch was a tiny bump that itched like mad. It eventually got bigger, and I started to treat it like ringworm. After maybe two weeks, I noticed the size of it and then I started getting a rash around my breasts. I went to the doctor thinking that I'm allergic to my tanning lotion since I had just started using the tanning bed (first time ever in my life). She thought it was an allergic reaction and suggested that I find the culprit and get rid of it. Five days later, my entire trunk was covered in spots so I went back. She saw the herald patch and diagnosed me. That was three days ago. I went to the tanning bed today after two weeks since my last session before I broke out. I hope this works. I've read in many different articles and web sites that UVB rays are what they use to treat PR and other forms of rosea. Tanning beds have both UVB and UVA rays, so I went in for six minutes, and right now I don't feel any different. Maybe applying some lotion will help the itching stop for right now. Hydrocortisone cream isn't working. Any anti-itch cream just makes it itch more. I'm using Cetaphil lotion when I get out of the shower as a light moisturizer since heavy lotions make me itch more. I've also been using a soothing body wash with oatmeal in it (fragrance free), which is helping with the itching some. Cold showers are the best. I really hope this goes away soon. It's summer and all I want to do is go out in a nice dress with my soldier, but with PR, my self-esteem is going down. This needs to go away fast! But it's nice to know I'm not alone in this.

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