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Pityriasis rosea

  • Treatment

    If symptoms are mild, you may not need treatment.

    Gentle bathing, mild lubricants or creams, or mild hydrocortisone creams may be used to soothe irritation.

    Antihistamines taken by mouth may be used to reduce itching. You can buy antihistamines at the store without a prescription.

    Moderate sun exposure or ultraviolet (UV) light treatment may help make the rash go away more quickly. However, you must be careful to avoid sunburn.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Pityriasis rosea usually goes away within 6 - 12 weeks. It doesn't usually come back.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of pityriasis rosea.