What is Pityriasis Rosea?
Pityriasis Rosea is a non-contagious skin rash experienced by young adults, usually in the spring or fall. Scientists believe it is caused by a virus. It normally goes away in 3-12 weeks and doesn’t come back. The first sign is one large rashy patch called a ‘herald patch’. A few days later, other rashes develop on the arms and legs, chest and back. The rashes are pinkish, oval, often scaly, patterned like a “Christmas tree”, along skin lines and itchy. A visual diagnosis is usually adequate, but testing may be done if another problem is suspected.
Standard Treatment for Pityriasis Rosea
Severe cases of pityriasis rosea in adults are treated with Accutane (isotretinoin) and Trexall (methotrexate). Treatment in mild cases would be antihistamines, hydrocortisone creams and gentle bathing. Sunlight or ultraviolet lights sometimes help it go away quicker; avoid getting sunburned. Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris is initially similar but rare; this reoccurs periodically for years and is much more severe.
Natural Treatments for Pityriasis Rosea
– Tanning followed by bathing with an anti-dandruff shampoo in warm shower.
– Calamine or menthol lotions for the itching.
– An oatmeal bath.
– Make an oatmeal sponge to wipe on affected areas. Boil one cup of oatmeal that is wrapped in a cloth, let cool, and sponge on skin.
– Aconitum napellus 200C
– Use a cold compress on itchy spots.
– Wear only cotton or silk. Wool and acrylics may aggravate the rash.
– Use only gentle, natural soap; avoid deodorant soaps.
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