Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash that develops as a large oval spot on the chest, abdomen, or back followed by smaller lesions. It is caused due to viral infections. It occurs commonly between age groups of 10 to 35 years. It goes on its own within ten weeks. In severe cases, it is treated by taking antihistamines, Triamcinolone ointment, and UVB (ultraviolet B) phototherapy.

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I have itchy rashes that appeared after fever, mild cough, and sore throat. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, Last week I thought I had the flu and was extremely tired. Then I had a sore throat, mild cough, and runny nose for a few days. I took the Nyquil tablet. Five days ago, I noticed some itchy rashes and thought they would go away, but they just kept getting worse. I woke up today, and th...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and I suggest it is in Pityriasis Rosea papular form. I can see a few raised bumps. This requires close observation to appreciate scales, the pattern to say precisely that it is pityr...  Read Full »

What could be the rash that has been progressively getting worse for the past two weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a rash for the past two weeks. It is getting progressively worse. It does not itch or hurt, but it is spreading. It started on my stomach. Now, it is on both arms, neck, back, and upper legs. The red dots that have been there for two weeks are larger now than they were origi...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These lesions look like pityriasis rosea. But, to be sure, I need a little more information: 1. Did one big patch appear first, followed by small patches? 2. Do you have...  Read Full »

Why am I having red spots with dry, irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have red spots of dry and irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and leg, just below the waistline. Minor itchiness comes and goes. I am using Neosporin for about a week, but they are still there. I am attaching a picture of these red spots.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need more information. From when do you have this problem? How many lesions do you have in total? How many episodes per year? Do you have flaky scalp? Any history of fever? A month back, did you have similar lesions? The images (attachment removed to protect patient ide...  Read Full »

How to differentiate rashes caused by pityriasis rosea and pityriasis versicolor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have these small circlular rash-looking things on my back. I have been noticing them for five to six months. Now it seems to be more. I am attaching the pictures. Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I can see red oval to circular lesions distributed on the back. We can have two differential diagnoses here: 1) Pityriasis rosea is a viral infection due to hypersensitivity to either u...  Read Full »

What to do about the dry skin patches all over my body?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having dry skin patches on my skin. They started about four weeks ago, and I first noticed them in my groin area. They are just dry, and they do not hurt or itch. Two weeks ago, I went to a pharmacy, and they suggested it could either be Pityriasis rosea, Pityriasis versicolor or psor...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical images are more in favor of Pityriasis rosea (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is an exanthem, secondary to viral infection, usually triggered by a sore throat. The good thing is that it needs only supportive management as the condition r...  Read Full »

Does pityriasis rosea cause white patches on the face, which leaves pigmentation after healing?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past one week, I have small white patches on my face and red patches on my neck. It is getting increased day by day. I recently ate papaya (but I used to take it every year, seasonally). I started using a facial moisturizer (Nature's Quest) after six to eight months gap. But I di...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

Is it true that 62 % of pregnant women with pityriasis rosea have a miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had pityriasis rosea (PR) for about a week, and I am currently seven weeks pregnant. I had no other symptoms other than the rash after reading a study that found a 62% miscarriage rate when women were infected with PR during the first 15 weeks of gestation. I am obviously terri...  Read Full »


Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to treat your skin problem. Yes, you are right. There are significant chances of miscarriage if pityriasis rosea appears in the first few weeks of gestation. Mostly miscarriage occurs when pityriasis rosea happens after HSV 6 and ...  Read Full »

I have rashes on my neck and chest with fever and joint pain. Does it indicate HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, Initially, I noticed four red rashes on my chest and neck. On the next day, I got another four rashes on my face and after two days, I got rashes on my hand and fingers. I also have mild fever and joint pain. All the symptoms have started after my treatment for herpes from a hospital. Do...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send a few good quality photographs taken in a natural light to help you better. Revert back with the photos to a HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an effective way to get cured from ringworm infection.

Query: In the spring I was diagnosed with ringworm on my right inner upper thigh. I had treated the ringworm for several weeks over the counter and ended up having to be put on Ketoconazole for 4 weeks to cure it. It cleared up before seven months. I developed another patch on my outer upper left thigh in...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, welcome to icliniq, Ringworm and Pityriasis rosea both presents with red scaly round patches over skin. There is a test for getting confirmed diagnosis by mycological examination (KOH test) of the skin scrapings. Once your diagnosis is confirmed,then with specific treatment you can get cured...  Read Full »

Why are there faint red spots all over my kid's body?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter has faint red/pink flat spots all over her body. I first noticed spots on her face a few nights ago. No fever. The only other symptom she has is a wet cough. She has had a cough for two weeks and was diagnosed with tonsillitis almost two weeks ago.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With your description, I can list a few possible diagnoses. Pityriasis rosea - most likely. It is a self-limiting condition. It is a reaction of the body to viral infections, not contagious. Drug rash - may be due to Amoxicillin. Guttate psoriasis - common in c...  Read Full »

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