Pityriasis rosea is a common, mild skin disease. Characterized by scaly, pink, inflamed skin, the condition can last from one to three months and usually leaves no lasting marks. Some people experience moderate to severe itching.
The cause of this rash is not entirely known, but experts believe it is caused by a virus or bacteria. However, pityriasis rosea does not seem to be contagious.
The condition is more prevalent in spring and fall. It is usually seen in children, adolescents, and young adults. Some patients may have a cold before the rash. Most people with the rash are 10 to 35 years of age.
Common symptoms of pityriasis rosea include:
Your physician will determine your specific treatment for pityriasis rosea based on:
Although there is no cure for pityriasis rosea, it usually disappears on its own in about one to three months and usually does not return. At UCLA Dermatology, our physicians may prescribe treatments to relieve itching and other symptoms, including:
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (310) 825-6911.