Pityriasis rosea can be a temporary, yet uncomfortable skin condition that can occur spontaneously. If you think you may be suffering from this condition or have been diagnosed and are in need of treatment, contact our Bellevue, WA office today! Dr. Gray and our team of professionals are knowledgeable regarding an array of treatment options to restore you to feeling your best.
What is Pityriasis Rosea?
Pityriasis rosea is a skin condition that causes a temporary rash of red or scaly patches on the skin. It usually starts off as a large circle or oval spot, called a herald patch, on the back, chest, or abdomen. This herald patch is then usually followed by smaller patches that extend out from the center of the body.
The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown, however, it is thought to be triggered by certain strains of the herpes virus (not to be confused with the herpes that causes cold sores). While this condition can affect people of any age, it is most common in those between 10 and 35 years old. It is usually temporary and resolves on its own within 10-12 weeks.
Common symptoms of pityriasis rosea include:
- Headache, fatigue, fever, or sore throat.
- Large herald patch on back, chest, or abdomen.
- Smaller scaly spots across the skin.
- No or mild itching.
Pityriasis Rosea Treatment Options
In many cases, pityriasis rosea resolved on its own after about 10 weeks and does not usually recur. However, if your rash does not go away or your itching becomes very bothersome, there are treatment methods available to help.
Emollients: Using creams that are meant to moisturize the skin can help soothe your rash.
Steroid Creams: Steroid creams such as hydrocortisone can reduce swelling and relieving bothersome itching.
Antihistamines: If your itching is making it hard to sleep, an antihistamine can help to relieve itching, as well as can make you feel sleepy.
Light Therapy: UVB light therapy is a treatment for those who have not seen relief with other options. It may help your rash to fade, though can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Oatmeal Baths: Taking lukewarm (not hot) baths with colloidal oatmeal can help to soothe itching.