Pityriasis Rosea

Welcome to Atlantic Dermatology loed inWilmington, North Carolina. I'm Crane, I'm a board certified dermatologist, and I'mhere to talk about Pityriasis Rosea. Pityriasis Rosea is a condition that pops up usuallyjust onceyour life, so at least you don't have to deal with it on multiple occasionsand it's a rash. You might have a sore throat or a little bit of an infection, then threefourweeks later next thing you know you pop up with a spot that looks like a fungus or aringworm. And it will be first be noticed by a single circular area. It might be a circularred area on your chest, for example, or on your back, and that we call the Herald Patch.And the next thing you know, you got a lot

of smaller spots that sometimes will followyour skin lines around the belly, around your backshoulders, and it looks almost like lotsof little spots of fungus popping up on you. Sometimes it itches, sometimes it doesn't.Now lets say you have this rash that pops up on you; if you do nothing whatsoever aboutit, many a times it goes awaysix to eight weeks, butdark skinned patients it mayleave spots: dark spots, dark circular areas and you want to get rid of it because it mayitch or it may bother you or you just don't like the looks of it, then topical steroidcreams are often helpful. So you go, you see your dermatologist, often they'll prescribeyou something like Triamcinolone cream or

sometimes even Prednisone by mouth. And ifyou starton a topical steroid or the Prednisone by mouth, you'll often watch the rash disappearin a matter of three or four days or so, and it clears up, and that's the end of it. Soif you have Pityriasis Rosea, if you have what looks like fungus but doesn't seem tobe responding to antifungal cream, then see your dermatologist.

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