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Suggest treatment for Pityriasis rosea

Hi My name is Amanda and I have Pityriasis Rosea. I had gotten it really bad last year and I am started getting again this year. I am scared it is going to get as bad as it did last year. Is there anything I can do to help make it not so torturing? I have tried several lotions, finally found one that doesnt make me feel like Im on fire!!! Please any info would help.

Mon, 27 Jan 2014
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Hi. Thanks for posting your concern.

Classic Pityriasis rosea presents with scaly oval patches (scale is adherent at the periphery and loose in the center) oriented along the ribs and forming a christmus tree pattern.

The generalised rash is preceded by single or two mother patches (herald patch) and thereafter a generalised crop of lesion appears on the trunk and proximal extremities. There can be recurrent crops of new lesions while the old ones resolve.

I usually treat my patients of pityriasis rosea with a topical moderately potent steroid like mometasone twice daily for 2-4 weeks.

Some dermatologists also prescribe oral erythromycin 250mg thrice daily for 2-4 weeks for widespread eruptions.

An oral antihistamine once daily e.g cetrizine takes control of the itch

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