Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea is a common skin disease consisting of oval, scaling pink patches that may appear on the trunk and extremities. In most cases the eruption begins with a single scaling patch, commonly called the ‘herald patch’, followed 1 – 2 weeks later by development of the widespread rash. Pityriasis Rosea can appear at any age. Pityriasis Rosea symptoms are treated by Dr. Green for patients in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions.

What causes Pityriasis Rosea?
The cause of Pityriasis Rosea is not known and does not seem to be contagious.

What is the natural course of Pityriasis Rosea?
Pityriasis Rosea lasts approximately 6 – 12 weeks and then disappears leaving no scars. You should contact Dr. Green if your condition becomes worsens or if it does not seem to follow the pattern.

How is Pityriasis Rosea treated?
Treatment is only for relief of symptoms and does not alter the overall course of the disease. One of the symptoms of the rash is itching. In that case, a prescription of an anti-itch cream or lotion can be provided for patients, to be applied to the uncomfortable areas.

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