Pityriasis Rosea (cont.)

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What home remedies can I use for pityriasis rosea?

Home remedies of pityriasis rosea include taking lukewarm baths or showers, avoiding drying soaps, wearing cotton or silk clothing to reduce heat, and taking oatmeal baths. Calamine or menthol lotions can also be helpful for itching. The following are additional home remedies:

  • Lubricating with bland moisturizers
  • Oatmeal baths
  • Calamine or menthol lotions
  • Steroid creams (hydrocortisone cream)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) oral pills or liquid for itching
  • Natural sunlight exposure to body parts, 10-15 minutes per day

Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?

There is no definitive prevention for pityriasis rosea, as the cause is not yet fully known. As with most viral infections, helpful prevention tips may include good basic hygiene, hand washing, and avoidance of ill contacts and of aerosolized respiratory droplets from people coughing or sneezing.

What is the prognosis for pityriasis rosea?

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The general prognosis for pityriasis rosea is excellent as most cases clear even without treatment within nine weeks.

Pityriasis rosea will, in nearly all cases, clear completely on its own, with or without medical treatment. It typically leaves no long-lasting scars, although some mild, temporary skin discoloration called post inflammatory hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation can occur in people with darker skin. It has no known long-lasting side effects and has not been associated with any other diseases.

Symptoms may be reduced with topical treatment or taking extra precaution to prevent overheating, and the rash will usually clear on its own in six to eight weeks. Once a person has pityriasis rosea, they generally have lifelong immunity.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/29/2014

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