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Pityriasis Rosea

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Pityriasis rosea is a common skin rash that usually appears as a large spot on the chest, abdomen or back and then spreads to other parts of the body. Pityriasis rosea has a distinctive appearance but can be confusing to determine in the early stages. The condition is typically seen in older children and young adults, but can affect any age group.

Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosea

The beginning phase of Pityriasis rosea typically starts off with a large, slightly raised, scaly patch (called the herald patch) on the back, chest or abdomen. Before the patch appears, symptoms may resemble those of an upper respiratory infection, such as:

  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Mild fever
  • Smaller spots on the arms, legs or face
  • Itching

A few days to a few weeks after the appearance of the herald patch, patients may notice smaller, fine, scaly spots across the back, chest or abdomen that resemble a pine-tree pattern.

Causes of Pityriasis Rosea

The skin rash is caused by a viral infection, much like the common cold.

Treatments for Pityriasis Rosea

  • Light therapy (phototherapy)
  • Steroid creams or ointments
  • Oral antihistamines

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.