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how do I know when pityriasis rosea is healing?

By Anonymous May 21, 2010 - 6:21am
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I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea almost 6 weeks ago. Apparently it takes 6-8 weeks to disappear, but I keep finding new spots every time I shower, new red spots seem to pop up. The first ones I got seem to keep changing. Does anyone know what these spots are meant to look like before they just disappear?

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I m in the 2nd week and the itch is crazy. Some red rashes seem to be dried while some are not at all dry . i m surviving totally on calamine lotion thats it.. But it is very tough.. The medicines for itching are not helping much in the night.. Trying to get prreze in india but that ll take couple of weeks... Don't know what to do to survive the nights now..
How does the red million rashes fade away..? At the very last stage.. Like will it become smaller or very dark in colour but small? Or very bright in colour?
I m very fair.. When nothing applied the rahe are pink. When i apply the lotion the skin and rah become pinkish n then when moist gone from it, rash becomes dark..

March 18, 2018 - 3:09pm
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I'm going on week 7 of having PR and I hope I can share some additional info. My PR started with small red bumps on my back - about a cm, which I thought were bug bites. They also itched like bug bites. A few days later, the rash spread to my chest, down my torso, all around my groin area/bikini line, and down my quads and upper arms. It was a mess. I went to the dermatologist several times, who finally diagnosed me with PR. He prescribed me prednisone (40mg per day for 10 days) and told me to use Sarna lotion (which smells terrible but helped with the itching so I could sleep). The menthol in the lotion made my skin feel uncomfortable, but that subsided after a few minutes. Taking prednisone was such a bad idea. I had a stronger than normal reaction and felt like I had tons of energy while on it, which made it hard to sleep/rest/relax. The doctor didn't have me taper off of the medication and after my last dose, I began to experience withdrawal symptoms for about a week (out of it, fly like symptoms, fatigue, rapid heart rate) - it was terrible. On the plus side, the rash flattened out and started to dry out. I also used Aquaphor, which helped keep everything hydrated. My skin is now peeling, and I brown marks everywhere that are beginning to fade. There's no more itching which is great.
Long story short, I'm not sure I'd recommend steroid medication, but the lotions really helped.

February 26, 2018 - 1:24pm
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Hi all, I have PR for 3 weeks now, it is strange for me that the initial rashes on my trunk is now flat and fading, but the rashes on my arms and legs are still growing towards the hands and feet and looking very active and bumpy. I start getting small blisters on some bumps as well. Just wondering if this progress is normal, a good sign of healing or if there is other problem overlooked here?
I also suspect that alcohol make it worse, I had a small glass of beer last week and I regret it.

February 3, 2018 - 6:34am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)


Alcohol is a trigger (among others) that can prompt or aggravate rosacea flare-ups in some patients. Drinking might cause fewer reactions than sunlight, heat, and environmental stress, but for some, just one alcoholic drink can trigger problems in two of three patients.


February 3, 2018 - 9:27am
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hey..i have been suffering PR since from dec 10..and till date it is decreasing its aggressiveness..it took lot of time...n ate all my patience!it feels so distressing to itchy skin..but i don't understand how to manage now my super dry skin which is itchy .. please help me out..!!!!

February 1, 2018 - 8:36am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Take 1000mg of lysine, take 2 pills twice a day, stay away from sugars. do oatmeal baths or use neem powder. I currently have PR and its going away!
Also do not stress out or it'll flare :)

March 30, 2018 - 8:31am
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I healed my pityriasis rosea in three weeks without tanning. My case was BAD-- almost every inch of my skin below my neck to my knees was covered. As soon as I found out I had it, about a week after I first saw my herald patch, I started aggressively treating it:

Week 1: Covered body in head and shoulders extra strength dandruff shampoo. Let it sink in for about 5-10 mins, then rinsed off with a cool shower. The shampoo made it very red and angry for a bit after. After drying, I applied a homemade mixture Moon Valley EczemaCalm (which contains a lot of the same ingredients as Prreze), aloe vera, and few drops of Neem oil. This week, it got much worse, despite doing this 2-3x a day.

Week 2: The spreading stop, and I continued everything from week 1. Mostly stayed the same, except for the shampoo treatment began to really dry out my skin. I started to get more uncomfortable from my skin being so dry, and skin started to flake off. By the end of the week, my skin was shedding everywhere and the rash became less raised in some places.

Week 3: At the start of the week, I noticed most of the rash had faded in color and was less raised than before. I continued using my mixture, and then added coconut oil, which was magical. As soon as I started using it in combination with the MoonValley cream, aloe, and neem, my skin healed in days. My skin on my chest is now completely healed, and everything else is faded and is no longer even noticeable.

Definitely think the coconut oil helped the most. Hope this is helpful!

January 17, 2018 - 12:55pm
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You did all that? I bought Prreze, and it was gone in a week, except for smooth skin that was a different color.

March 4, 2018 - 12:03am
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I got rid of my PR in exactly one month. It took a lot of dedication, basically PR became my life for that month I was pretty absorbed and determined in getting rid of it. I tend to be pretty hypochondriac about anything I notice wrong and obviously PR wasn't the exception. I first noticed some small red bumps maybe like 3 or 4, I didn't think anything of it and just went on about my day. The next day everything was the same, but on Monday morning I had a full blown rash. The bumps were not red, they were just small raised bumps the color of my skin. I was convinced it was either a skin allergy or I had been bitten by something at night (bedbugs). I took some desloratadine and was convinced it would go away at some point in the day. The next day the bumps increased and they were red. They were all over my chest, stomach, back and hips. I was very scared and started doing some extensive research ( I have to mention this was only day 3 of the rash) I came across an article about PR. It explained how it starts with a Herald patch something I did have on my neck but it was very little and all throughout the time I had it swore it was some sort of reaction to a gold dipped choker I wore a lot. I knew for a fact I had PR but still went to the dermatologist that same afternoon. He prescribed Erythromycin 250 mg every 6 hours for 2 weeks, he also prescribed a steroid cream ( Desowen lotion). I read so many blogs about PR and found out that stress only made it worse. I took a week off from work since my job is pretty stressful which I think helped a lot. I showered with Head and Shoulders extra strength ( the orange one) twice a day and went tanning 4 times that week. By the end of the week I was so dry and itchy I knew it was working. My skin felt like sandpaper and to be honest I was utterly miserable throughout the first 2 to 3 weeks. I knew my regime was working since the bumps were flat now and peeling, although they did expand to my legs, arms and even some to my neck and besides my ears. ( Someone told me that once PR starts expanding to the extremities of your body it means it's going away) I believe something that worked for me like a charm was Desitin max. I noticed so much difference after using it just once ( That, and the tanning). I began using coconut oil and petroleum jelly to make my skin smooth again, it was messy but worth it. I am now left with white spots all over my body ( hypopigmentation) wherever there was a bump there is now a white spot but little by little they are fading away and to be completely honest I'm very happy they are not itchy bumps. I know how frustrating this thing can be and how, unless you've had it people don't understand how bad it feels. If you guys have any questions I would be happy to help you. I suffered a lot with this but I'm glad it's finally gone!

November 14, 2017 - 7:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have PR I noticed my heard patch about 6 weeks ago I have been pretty itchy for the last week, doest that means that it is going or way??

December 27, 2017 - 5:22pm
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