- Sore throat
- Joint pain
- Nausea and loss of appetite
- A herald patch—large, oval, scaly patch that is often on the back, stomach, armpit, or chest. It is often the first lesion to appear.
- Rose-colored patches that appear after several days to 2 weeks that may have scaly edges.
- Patches found on the back tend to form a Christmas tree pattern.
Patches are not typically itchy, but mild to severe itching may occur.
- Itching worsens when the body overheats.
- This may happen during physical activities or after taking a hot shower.
- Skin redness or inflammation
- Blood tests
- Skin scrape
- Skin biopsy
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- Antihistamine pills
- Steroid creams or ointments
- Calamine, zinc oxide, or other soothing lotions
- Antiviral medication
- Avoid physical activities that can raise your body temperature. This can make itching worse.
- Avoid hot baths or showers. Oatmeal baths may also soothe the itching.
- Sunlight or medical treatment with artificial ultraviolet light may speed the healing process. Be careful to avoid sunburn.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology http://www.aocd.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Pityriasis rosea. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/pityriasis-rosea. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Pityriasis rosea. American Family Physician website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/pityriasis-rosea.printerview.all.html. Updated April 2014. Accessed October 13, 2014.
Pityriasis rosea. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic%5Fdiseases/pityriasis%5Frosea.html. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Pityriasis rosea. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 1, 2011. Accessed October 31, 2014.
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- Review Date: 12/2015 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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