is a very common skin rash
seen in young adults.
It is caused by a virus/bacteria. It occurs mostly in spring.
It does not spread from one person to another.
They last 4 - 8 weeks. Symptoms may disappear by 3 weeks or last for 3 months.
A single large patch called a herald patch,appears first. After several days, more skin rashes will appear on the chest, back, arms, and legs. Genital is not always affected.
The skin rashes: pink or pale red, oval shape,scaly,follow lines in the skin or appear in a "Christmas tree" pattern with itching.
Following tests may be needed:
*A blood test
for syphilis (similar rash occurs)
*A skin biopsy
to confirm the diagnosis
** Other causes of similar rash & itching :Eczema,Ring Worm
Mild symptoms - no need treatment.
Gentle bathing, mild lubricant or hydrocortisone
creams may be used for soothing over body parts and genitals.
Antihistamines - to reduce itching.
Moderate sun exposure or ultraviolet (UV) light - to reduce the rash.
**Pityriasis rosea usually goes away within 6 - 12 weeks.Recurrent chance is minimal.
All the best.