Pitiriasis Rosea

  by Dr. Yiannis Neofytou

Pitiriasis Rosea
It occurs mainly in autumn and winter, is not contagious and is due to the HSV7 virus.
People with pitiriasis rosea develop a round or oval, light red rash with a slightly raised circumference, which is covered with scales and rarely with blisters. Its center is wrinkled and light in color, almost to the normal skin color of the person.
Within 10-15 days from the appearance of the first plaque, the rest of the rash appears, which is usually symmetrical.
The rash usually resolves after about 6 weeks, leaving perhaps partial hyperchromia or hypochromia in the area, which eventually resolves after a while.
If the person develops itching in the area, they should avoid hot baths and the use of non-specific soaps, as well as rubbing with a sponge or hard cloth. Corticosteroids are sometimes needed and are an effective treatment, able to stop the natural course of the disease.

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