Patient Comments: Pityriasis Rosea - Treatments

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A Doctor's View on Pityriasis Rosea Treatment

Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Aside from the rash, most cases of pityriasis rosea are asymptomatic. The rash must simply run its course over a period of about three months. Topical steroids and oral antihistamines may be of benefit to those who experience itching. Exposure to ultraviolet light may also help to ease symptoms. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: TJ Hyun, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I had pityriasis rosea (PR) rash for over three months. I could not date or go to the gym. People looked at me like I was some kind of a freak. Doctors keep saying it is no big deal, but that itch drove me crazy. I tried tanning and steroids and garlic with vitamin C in large doses. My doctor put my on acyclovir. None of it did any good. I had seen some people saying that Prreze cream helped, and boy did it! I was back at the gym a week after starting it. I saw somebody else talking about it here. If you have PR, use this cream. My doctor had never heard of it, but he is a believer after he saw what it did for me.

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Comment from: Sarah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I have tried everything for pityriasis rosea and Prreze cream was the only thing that made a difference overnight. I had to use quite a bit of it. I am covered front and back from my shoulders down to my knees. There is barely any regular skin left. I really wish I would've bought more initially because I am dying without it right now.

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Comment from: khijoro, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea (PR) a month ago and I was so stressed as I thought it must be a big problem. I first felt a fever like symptom, then mild headache and fatigue. After two days the symptoms went away, and then I noticed the rash. I went to the hospital and the doctor didn't take time to tell me it was PR. I bought Head and Shoulders shampoo, which I would apply before taking a shower and leave on for ten minutes. After that I applied natural aloe vera fluid, and some sun heating for 3 minutes a day. The rash went away within three weeks without leaving marks. Have hope, it will go away.

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Comment from: JeanK, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

This rash was a nightmare. I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea (PR) two years ago after finding the herald on my buttocks and it spread up my body and onto my scalp. It cleared up after 1.5 to 2 months. But even 2 years after my scalp healed I still have dandruff I cannot get rid of. I never had dandruff or dry scalp before the PR, but I now cannot get rid of it. I tried dandruff shampoo, apple cider vinegar, everything! This rash haunts you.

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Comment from: Liz, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 12

This rash is a nightmare. My 16-year-old daughter has pityriasis rosea. About 4 months ago, I saw what I now know is a herald patch, on her upper thigh. I thought it was ring worm and treated it with metronidazole cream. It took about 6 weeks or so, but it did go away. Well, about a week ago, I saw another patch and the next day, bumps on her torso, and the next day, and the next, more and more bumps. I found this site through research and now I know that the initial patch was not ringworm. She has pityriasis rosea. I have been using Head and Shoulders shampoo as body wash, having her bathe in Aveeno oatmeal soak and sit in the sun. I can't let her use a tanning bed, she has autism and would remove the goggles. We have also been using Bio oil. I started all of this treatment on Sunday and today (Tuesday), it is beginning to fade and clear up. I do wonder though; if I had treated that second herald patch immediately, like I did with the first patch that I thought was ringworm, if I could have prevented a full-blown breakout. I hope it never happens again, but if it does, I will immediately treat the herald patch and hopefully stave off a full blown rash.

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