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Pityriasis Rosea


Pityriasis rosea is a skin disorder that causes a scaly rash. The cause of Pityriasis rosea is not known. It usually goes away on its own in 2 to 12 weeks. Pityriasis rosea most often occurs in people who are 10 to 35 years old and during pregnancy.



  • Medicines may be given to help reduce inflammation and itching. They may be given as a pill or cream.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or dermatologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Heat may irritate your skin and cause itching. Avoid hot showers and physical activity that may make your skin too warm.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your rash does not improve within 10 weeks.
  • Your itching becomes worse.
  • Your rash becomes more red and you have fever.

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