Pityriasis Rosea – Seven Things You Need To Know


Pityriasis Rosea  is a strange and surprising skin disorder. The disease is characterized by a very unique pink eruption.

Is it common?

The phenomenon occurs about 0.15 percent of people men and women equally. The most common age appetence  is in 15 to 40 year olds , but most patients are teenagers.

How does it look?

In most cases the  lesions first  appear as pink small areas  on the center of the body – the chest or back. These lesions   are  usually  covered  with  white collar-shaped  white  scale. A few days later similar  many small lesions develop  scattered all over the back and chest. These  do not appear on the face or hands. In most cases the rash is not itchy.

In about 20 percent of patients  the rash is not typical. In these cases rash can also occur inside or scratch hard. Pityriasis  Rosea  is not dangerous and is not contagious. In most cases the eruption  will  disappear   without treatment after 6 to 8 weeks.

Can the disease reappear?

In Less than 3% of patients the disease appears again.

What are the causes of Pityriasis  Rosea?

Cause  is unknown. Although it appears that there is  involvement of herpes group viruses HPV 6 and HPV 7.  In some  cases   the eruption  appears  after   a  streptococcal   infection.  In this   case   penicillin  treatment is  recommended.

When does  the eruption appear?

The disease is more common in the autumn and spring and  in some cases were several patients in a particular area – a fact that it can suggest the cause infectious disease.

Is there a connection to drugs or food?

Pityriasis Rosea  rarely can be associated with taking drugs including

Bismuth, barbiturates, captopril, gold, Isotretinoin. Nothing to do with food.

Do you need laboratory tests to diagnose the disease?

Laboratory tests in patients with Pityriasis Rosea  are usually completely normal. In most cases very characteristic signs of the disease trained dermatologist can diagnose them very easily.

Do I need treatment?

Pityriasis Rosea  itself was atransient phenomenon. There  is  no need treatment whatsoever.

If there is itching your dermatologist can recommend pills or creams with steroids to relieve  the  itch. Exposure to the sun can speed up the healing  but may increase the risk of hyperpigmentation  (brown spots).

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