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i was diagnosed with PR about 3 moths ago. after about 2 weeks it went away after i went tanning. however, about 2 weeks ago i noticed what appeared to be another herald patch on my chest. the rash has returned full force and as with the last time symp

By Anonymous July 10, 2012 - 2:10am
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Syptoms are severe and none of the traditional treatments seem to be working. I have not triedctanning again but may if this continues. What concerns me this time is that the rash itself is quite different from the first time. Last outbreak was mainly on my torso-stomach chest and back. This time it is everywhere primarily knees, legs, elbows, arms, chest, buttocks, and thighs. In addition, i have small red bumps in addition to large patches. Is this likely PR or some other ailment? I received my original diagnosis from two separate doctors, but am concerned because this outbreak does not seem as "textbook" as the first one. Thanks for any input you can offer!

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Hi Anon,

Thanks for posting!

There is no cure for pityriasis rosea. The rash will usually go away on its own after several weeks. The symptoms of pityriasis rosea, such as itching, can be relieved using different treatments. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:


Medications to relieve itching and inflammation caused by pityriasis rosea include:

  • Antihistamine pills
  • Steroid pills
  • Steroid creams or ointments
  • Calamine lotion


Other Treatments

  • Avoid physical activities that can raise body temperature and worsen itching.
  • Avoid hot baths or showers to prevent the itching from worsening. Oatmeal baths may also soothe the itching.
  • Exposure to sunlight or treatment with artificial ultraviolet light (by a doctor) may speed the healing process. But, be careful to avoid sunburn.

Here's a thread you may find useful: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/how-do-i-know-when-pityriasis-rosea-healing?page=3

Best Wishes,


July 10, 2012 - 6:33am
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