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Symtoms and treatment for pityriasis rosea - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
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User :   hello doctor
User :   good mroning
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please proceed with your query
User :   I got pityriasis rosea skin prblem
User :   how can i over come that one
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ok
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i will help you in this
User :   mother patch is on my back
Doctor :  
ok
User :   started distrubting all over my body...
User :   what is the reason for this desease
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ok
Doctor :  
Pityriasis rosea is a common skin disorder
Doctor :   involving a large, single patch (or â??herald patchâ??) followed several days later with a spreading rash. Initially, the large patch, (usually round or oval shaped) typically appears on your back or stomach.
Doctor :   Then additional smaller spots develop within days. Spots can cover the entire torso, arms, neck, and thighs. The condition typically lasts several weeks, but can go as long as several months.
Doctor :   Where this skin condition comes from is unknown
Doctor :   Physical activity-like jogging and running, or bathing in hot water may cause the rash to temporarily worsen or reappear.
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yes
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   reading
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It is not caused by a fungus or bacteria. It also is not due to any type of allergy. Pityriasis rosea is not a sign of any internal disease.
User :   then what is that
User :   may i know
User :   i am feared of this
Doctor :   A virus may cause this rash. Like other known viral diseases, pityriasis rosea usually occurs only once in an individual, and occasionally makes a person feel slightly ill. But the virus theory has not been proven. Unlike many viruses, however, pityriasis rosea does not seem to spread from person to person.
Doctor :   Pityriasis rosea usually affects the back, neck, chest, abdomen and upper arms and legs.
Doctor :   The rash may differ from person to person, making the diagnosis more difficult.
User :   you said physical activity worsen the Condition
Doctor :   yes
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it is observed that the condition worsens with physical activities
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Fungus infections, like ringworm, may resemble this rash. Reactions to certain medications, such as antibiotics, "water pills" and heart medications can also look the same as pityriasis rosea.
User :   ok
Doctor :   diagnosis of this will involve
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blood tests, scraping the skin, or taking a sample from one of the spots (skin biopsy) and examine it under a microscope to make the diagnosis.
Doctor :   Treatment may include external or internal medications for itching.
Doctor :   Lukewarm rather than hot baths is suggested
User :   is it curable
Doctor :   Strenuous activity that could aggravate the rash should be avoided.
Doctor :   there is no particular treatment to cure it
User :   i need to suffer like this ???
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antihistamine pills, steroid pills, steroid creams, zinc oxide, or calamine lotion can be used and they give some relief
Doctor :   it usually goes on its own
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taking 8-12 weeks
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in the meantime soothing mediation for itching should be used.
Doctor :   Ultraviolet light treatments given under the supervision of a dermatologist may be helpful
User :   I am going for treatment for Suntan ..in the medications we are using some lotions on my face
User :   is this caused problem
User :   ?
Doctor :   most important is to remember that this disease is not a dangerous skin condition
User :   ?
Doctor :   no not really
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sunscreen will actually protect form the harmful effect of the sun
Doctor :   did the rashes appear after staring the treatment for suntan?
User :   My doctor used some lotons on my face for twice a month to go off fthe tanned black skin
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ok
User :   certainly not sure about that
User :   of course yes
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but the patch appeared on your back first, as you told me earlier
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so then there is no connection of your suntan treatment and this
User :   yes
User :   it is
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XXXXXXXX you need to remember that pityriasis rosea is a common skin disorder and is usually mild.
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Most cases usually do not need treatment and fortunately even the most severe cases eventually go away.
Doctor :   so you do not need to worry
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it however needs to be confirmed that it pityriasis rosea
User :   how to over come this one
Doctor :   by doing the blood and the skin tests
User :   i went to doctor and confirmed that today
User :   he did skin test
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the symptoms of itching can be controlled with lotions or creams
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ok
User :   and confirmed
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did he prescribe any medications?
User :   yes
User :   can i tell u?
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what medications ?
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yes please tell
User :   HHFUDIC CREAM
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ok
User :   DERSHINE CREAM
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ok
User :   CETREZOL-L TABLET
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ok
User :   HE said we can recover it in three weeks
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so he has prescribed to you steroid cream, antihistamine pills, to take care of the synptoms that you are having.
Doctor :   yes it is possible to recover from it
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if left alone, then by 8-12 weeks it usually goes by itself
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with medications, the duration is reduced
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes
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use this lotion, it will give a soothing effect
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ALLSUTH lotion
User :   will this appear again after curing in future
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use it twice a day all over the body wherever there is rash
Doctor :   no generally relapses are not common
User :   thx
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   Fine for now
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User :   done
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User :   thx
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