Pityriasis Rosea is a skin rash that is often preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. The first sign is often a “herald” patch, which is a single 2- to 10-cm oval red patch that typically appears on the abdomen. Often several days after the original patch, multiple smaller red scaly oval-shaped patches appear on the trunk and sometimes on the extremities. The distribution on the back has been called a “Christmas-tree” distribution because of its characteristic outline.
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Symptoms range from just the rash, to intense itching. At times the rash may be accompanies by low-grade fever, nausea, headache, and fatigue.
The cause of pityriasis rosea is believed to be viral. No treatment is required. Oral antihistamines and topical emollients and steroids can provide relief from the pruritus. Direct sun light has also showed to hasted the resolution of the rash.
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