What is pityriasis rosea? Where does it come from and how is it diagnosed?
You go to bed one night with your body itching. You have no idea what it is. Next thing you know you scratch yourself to sleep. You wake up in the morning to start your day and you realize portions of your body are covered in red bumps! As an adult the first maybe second thing that comes to mind is what disease did I develop and WHO gave it to me! Days go by and the bumps only persist and begin to multiply. You try every cream under the sun and begin to rely daily, on cortisone 10 for that itch relief. Finally you can't take the itch anymore and you decide to use your amazing health plan and go see a doctor to diagnosis you.
Without a test or a second look at the now multiplicity of covered bumpy rashes your doctor says you have something called Pityriasis Rosea. This is a rash that develops from a single larger rash which its original cause is unknown. Its appearance is pink or pale and its oval shape has a scaly texture. Doctors believe it comes from a virus such as a minor cold. It lasts anywhere from a few weeks to three months and goes away on its own. It can be mistaken for scabies by the untrained eye but unlike scabies Pityriasis Rosea is not contagious and is not serious according to medical studies it is just ugly and irritating.
So here are a few tips to lessen the severity of the itching and scaring from Pityriasis Rosea:
1. STOP scratching! I know this is a lot to ask but the more you scratch the more likely you will develop scares and you will most likely reopen already dried wounds to cause more and more scabbing so stop it.
2. To make the first step easier, grab your witch hazel and rubadubdub. Poor it on like butter on popcorn, massaging the areas that itch the most. Witch hazels main active ingredient is tannin which is an acid derivative. When applied to rashes/bumps, it constricts the capillaries preventing the rashes from growing. Witch hazel is also a cleanser that helps in cleaning the areas that contain the rashes without drying the skin.
3. Next apply cortisone cream or something similar to the affected areas and begin to gently massage again. Cortisone is used for many types of serious skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, allergies etc. After thoroughly applying cortisone step one should be a lot easier to accomplish!
4. If your skin still feels uncomfortable, try using calamine lotion to dry the existing bumps. Calamine lotion is made up of zinc oxide and iron that protects and soothes the skin from irritations such as rashes. You can find this at any over the counter drug store.
5. Try to stay away from running extremely hot showers/or baths for the duration of your rashes existance. This can irritate the affected areas even more and cause them to inflame. Lukewarm is best and gently wash.
So I know these few tips will help in stopping the persistence of minor rashes such as the diagnosed Pityriasis Rosea. These tips are not just meant to help alleviate symptoms from this particular rash group but use these tips for other such skin conditions like the mentioned eczema, dermatitis, chicken pox, poison ivy and the like. Before delving into that wallet for that prescription drug your doctor prescribed that will cost much more than the over the counter items listed a bove, try these first and tell me how they worked! If the problem persists it is probably best to see a doctor and REQUIRE them to run a blood test just to be safe.