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Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that comes and then disappears on its own. When these rashes are seen for the first time, they may be mistaken for a different skin condition like eczema. Generally, these rashes are found to occur only once in a person's lifetime. The reappearance of these rashes is very rare, only affecting 3% of the people who is diagnosed with it. Usually, these rashes appear in the age group10-35 years even though it can happen to anyone at any age.

Pityriasis rosea generally lasts for 6-12 weeks on average, and usually goes away on its own. Sadly, the causes of this problem are yet to be found out even though experts in this field believe that it is having a viral cause after studying its symptoms.

Symptoms of pityriasis rosea include the common 'herald' or 'mother' pinkish, rough patch that starts at one part of your body most probably somewhere on the torso and spreads all over your abdomen, back, arms, chest, neck, legs, and sometimes the face. Unluckily, old people experience the patches on their face too. Other associated symptoms with this skin disease include mild or severe itching and cold-like symptoms such as sore throat, headache, fever and loss of appetite.

Diagnosis of pityriasis rosea is really simple. First, make sure to see a dermatologist instead of a regular doctor. He will take blood samples for testing, along with a sample of the patch for a biopsy. If the tests and the exam are positive, you will be diagnosed with pityriasis rosea.

Unfortunately, there is nothing your dermatologist can do to treat the condition except giving you soothers or creams to ease the itching. You will have to wait for it to go away on its own.

A notable difference is usually observed between people suffering from pityriasis rosea. That is, in case of a light skinned person the patches due to this condition will be usually pinkish whereas darker-skinned people will experience patches that are more grey, brown or even black at times. Even though the exact cause of this difference is not yet known, experts believe that this happens due to the fact that darker-skinned people are more prone to hyperpigmentation.

Remember, in case you are diagnosed with pityriasis rosea, you should always keep the patches moist because if the patches dry out, it can cause the itch to be more severe. However, it is observed that repeated wetting and drying can cause your skin to dry out quicker. Also, don’t forget the fact that when you are suffering from a disease causing severe discomfort due to itching, the best solution is getting the affected area exposed to sunshine and fresh air. Make sure to avoid hot baths and showers and try your best to wear loose cotton or silk clothes because wools or polyesters will cause further irritation to your skin.


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