What is Pityriasis Rosea
The term Pityriasis Rosea refers to a common skin rash condition that affects around 1 in 1000 people. The rash typically begins as one circular pink-red spot on the chest, back or abdomen. The name for this spot is a ‘herald patch’ and it can be anything from 2-10cm in diameter. This is usually followed by a distinctive pattern of lesions that cross from the middle of the body in a shape that resembles a pine-tree branch.
This condition can affect people of any age group, but is more common is young adults and children. It usually attacks between the ages of 10 and 35. Pityriasis Rosea causes itching and a rash, and usually goes away on its own within 6 weeks. Treatment of this condition is usually is focused on relief of the symptoms. It is not thought to be contagious, and therefore both children and adults can continue school and work etc if they are feeling well in themselves.
Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosea
Symptoms typically start with a sore throat or fever. After a day or two, a large, raised, scaly patch breaks out on the abdomen, chest or back. This herald patch, precedes many smaller patches which appear 7-14 days later. The rash can cause mild to severe itching and normally is found on the chest, back, abdomen, neck, legs or arms - usually avoiding the face, hands, and feet. Others symptoms such as a headache, fever, fatigue, and nausea can accompany the rash. The Pityriasis Rosea rash typically lasts about 6 weeks and usually resolves by 8 weeks. There have been some cases that have lasted as long as 3-6 months, but this is not typical. Once the rash has gone it does not normally leave scarring, although some discolouration of the skin can be experienced.
Causes of Pityriasis Rosea
The exact cause of Pityriasis Rosea is unknown. One theory is that it could be triggered by a viral infection. The symptoms of headache, fever and sore throat certainly point to this. It is also thought to be triggered by certain medication. Your GP should be able to diagnose Pityriasis Rosea by looking at the rash. If there is any doubt, then a small scraping from a lesion can be taken for testing.
The conventional approach is the use of emollients, antihistamine tablets and if severe then steroid cream. UV treatment may also be recommended.
Diet And Natural Lifestyle Advice
- Follow a Healthy Diet as much as possible to help support the body and the immune system.
- Do all that you can to support the immune system directly. The most important vitamins and minerals are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Zinc - see Immune Support
- Try to avoid foods such as dairy products, sugar, aspartame, food additives, and foods grown with pesticides. The "Foods That Kill" list, includes such things as margarine, table salt, chlorinated water, antibiotics, aspartame, MSG, pesticides, carcinogens, food additives, sugar, refined oils, baking powder, junk food, fried foods, smoked foods, grilled foods, soft drinks and alcohol drinks. It is believed that foods from this list should also be avoided.
- If possible, choose foods that are grown in the same climate region and in the present season. This should be paid special attention to with regard to fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The climate and season are not important when considering such foods as fish, sea food, eggs, milk and milk products, oils and spices.
- It is also believed that body cleansing and physical activity helps to bring balance to the body and relieves stress, and therefore increase the body’s recovery time during illness.
- Exposure to sunlight has been found to be helpful - but be careful not to over-expose the skin. We do have a natural silver-based sun lotion if required.
- Avoid chemical and fragranced soaps, bodywashes, shampoos, fabric washing liquid etc that may increase the irritation of the skin. Instead choose natural, silver-based skin care products. Silver is naturally anti-bacterial and has many other healing properties - see Silver Skin Care Products
- If itchy, attempt not to scratch. This only makes the itch worse. An itch-scratch cycle can develop if scratching is done often. The use of natural Silver-MSM Cream or Silver-MSM Mollu-Cream+ can be used to help soothe the skin and decrease the itching. You can also spray the skin as often as required throughout the day with Hi Strength Silver-MSM Skin Spray. There is also a 200ml refill bottle for this once you have the spray bottle which is much more cost effective, shoudl you need more. If the itching is severe seek help.
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NB. This information is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any diseases or medical conditions. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of natural health products it may be helpful to find one who does.