Patient Comments: Pityriasis Rosea - Experience

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Comment from: Sissy12, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

At first, my herald patch was a tiny bump that itched like mad. It eventually got bigger, and I started to treat it like ringworm. After maybe two weeks, I noticed the size of it and then I started getting a rash around my breasts. I went to the doctor thinking that I'm allergic to my tanning lotion since I had just started using the tanning bed (first time ever in my life). She thought it was an allergic reaction and suggested that I find the culprit and get rid of it. Five days later, my entire trunk was covered in spots so I went back. She saw the herald patch and diagnosed me. That was three days ago. I went to the tanning bed today after two weeks since my last session before I broke out. I hope this works. I've read in many different articles and web sites that UVB rays are what they use to treat PR and other forms of rosea. Tanning beds have both UVB and UVA rays, so I went in for six minutes, and right now I don't feel any different. Maybe applying some lotion will help the itching stop for right now. Hydrocortisone cream isn't working. Any anti-itch cream just makes it itch more. I'm using Cetaphil lotion when I get out of the shower as a light moisturizer since heavy lotions make me itch more. I've also been using a soothing body wash with oatmeal in it (fragrance free), which is helping with the itching some. Cold showers are the best. I really hope this goes away soon. It's summer and all I want to do is go out in a nice dress with my soldier, but with PR, my self-esteem is going down. This needs to go away fast! But it's nice to know I'm not alone in this.

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Comment from: Therese, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

After two weeks of seeing the herald spot I went to the doctor. She prescribed an antibiotic thinking it was ringworm. However the signs appeared about 2 months after I had a flu shot. I wonder if it is related to taking a flu shot. Rubbing tea tree oil helps with the itching, but leaves the patches white after, however a moisturizing cream used after will take away the whiteness. I am now in week 7 and looking forward to it just going away for good.

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Comment from: Art, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I have just been diagnosed with PR. The first rash came on my leg my doctor started treating me for ringworm. By day three it was on my hand, my yummy and two in my back. I went back to my doctor he gave me a treatment pack of prednisone. I took them for 5 days then my whole body was covered with the spots I had to go see another doctor he confirmed it was PR and that I should finish the treatment of prednisone then see what happens.

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Comment from: PR Horror, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I have had pityriasis rosea (PR) for two weeks now, and I'm contemplating whether to slice all my skin off or drive into a bus. The itching is unbearable at times, which will most likely lead to a mental breakdown. I've tried all the itch creams and take as many Benadryl as possible, but nothing seems to work. Boiling hot showers feel incredible at first but then I feel burnt afterward, so they're probably not the best idea but it keeps my sanity if only for a little while.

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Comment from: uncledaddy123, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I have had pityriasis rosea for about five days now. I'm also having cold/flu like symptoms and don't know if it has anything to do with pityriasis rosea. I actually tried taking a bath with the Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal bath treatment and it made me feel itchier. I have been trying the cortisone and anti-itch creams, which only work for awhile. It's just really bothersome to have the itching and the sore throat, and runny nose all together. I don't know what to do and I wonder if my cold/flu symptoms are related to the pityriasis rosea.

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