What is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis Rosea is a relatively common infective skin condition. The condition commonly affects teenagers and young adults. The condition usually resolves on its own and may last for up to four to eight weeks.

What causes pityriasis rosea?

The exact cause is unknown. However, an infective agent is suspected

What are the symptoms?

  • Starts as a single oval, scaly lesion which increases in size and number
  • The lesions are pink in colour
  • Typically affects the trunk where the lesions appear parallel to the lines of the ribs
  • Arms and legs may also be affected
  • Usually not itchy and painless

How can pityriasis rosea be treated?

  • Topical steroids: Skin steroid based preparations
  • In most cases no treatment is needed as the condition is self limiting and spontaneously resolves in a few weeks.

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