Pityriasis rosea is a skin rash. This rash usually affects people between the ages of 6 and 35 years of age. Usually a healthcare provider needs to examine the rash to diagnose it.
The rash has the following features:
The cause is unknown. It is not caused by a fungus, a bacteria, or an allergy. The rash is probably caused by a virus.
This condition is harmless. The rash disappears without treatment. The different parts of the rash last from 6 to 10 weeks. During this time your youngster will feel fine.
Treatment will reduce symptoms. It will not cure pityriasis rosea. If the skin is dry, a moisturizing cream may be helpful. For itchiness, use 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription necessary) 2 or 3 times a day. If the rash still itches after using this cream, call your healthcare provider's office for a stronger steroid cream.
One dose of ultraviolet light can stop itching and shorten the course of pityriasis. Have your youngster sunbathe for 30 minutes (enough to make the skin pink). Do this only once. If this is impossible, use a sun lamp or consider a tanning salon once. CAUTION: Avoid sunburn.
Pityriasis is not contagious. Your child can attend school and take gym.
Call your child's doctor during office hours if: