What is Pityriasis Rosea?

Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that lasts for six weeks. It usually starts out as a spot on the chest, back or abdomen and will eventually spread throughout the body. This skin disorder can affect anyone, but it often strikes adolescents and young adults. Though it is not dangerous or life-threatening, this skin condition can be quite irritating and uncomfortable.

Detecting pityriasis rosea at its inception can be quite tricky. Some skin-care experts may mistake it for another skin condition. For instance, the following skin conditions can be blamed in place of pityriasis rosea:

  • Allergic reaction to certain medications
  • Eczema
  • Folliculitis
  • Fungal infection
  • Pityriasis rubra pilaris and pityriasis lichenoides chronica
  • Psoriasis

Like most common skin rashes and other skin disorders, the causes of pityriasis rosea are not known for certain. However, most medical authorities attribute viral infection as the leading cause of this skin problem. Accordingly, good hygiene is an effective way to avoid having this skin problem.

Symptoms of pityriasis rosea may include any of the following:

  • Boils and papules
  • Crinkling of the skin
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Nausea, fever or mild rise in body temperature
  • Rashes that resemble ringworms
  • Rough patches of skin
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sensitivity of the skin increases
  • White patchy skin

Topical steroid creams that contain hydrocortisone help reduce the inflammation and intensity of the itching. Applying soothing lotions also keep the skin moist and cool to prevent drying and further itching.

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