Pityriasis Rosea Remedies

Aug 14, 2015

What is Pityriasis Rosea?

Pityriasis Rosea is a non-contagious skin rash experienced by young adults, usually in the spring or fall. Scientists believe it is caused by a virus. It normally goes away in 3-12 weeks and doesn't come back. The first sign is one large rashy patch called a 'herald patch'. A few days later, other rashes develop on the arms and legs, chest and back. The rashes are pinkish, oval, often scaly, patterned like a "Christmas tree", along skin lines and itchy. A visual diagnosis is usually adequate, but testing may be done if another problem is suspected.

Standard Treatment for Pityriasis Rosea

Severe cases of pityriasis rosea in adults are treated with Accutane (isotretinoin) and Trexall (methotrexate). Treatment in mild cases would be antihistamines, hydrocortisone creams and gentle bathing. Sunlight or ultraviolet lights sometimes help it go away quicker; avoid getting sunburned. Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris is initially similar but rare; this reoccurs periodically for years and is much more severe.

Natural Treatments for Pityriasis Rosea

- Tanning followed by bathing with an anti-dandruff shampoo in warm shower.
- Calamine or menthol lotions for the itching.
- An oatmeal bath.
- Make an oatmeal sponge to wipe on affected areas. Boil one cup of oatmeal that is wrapped in a cloth, let cool, and sponge on skin.
- Aconitum napellus 200C
- Use a cold compress on itchy spots.
- Wear only cotton or silk. Wool and acrylics may aggravate the rash.
- Use only gentle, natural soap; avoid deodorant soaps.

Read on below for more natural remedy recommendations from our readers!



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Posted by Bargearse (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 06/07/2011
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I had Pityriasis Rosea a few months ago and tried treating it with Aloe Vera first. That didn't work. I tried Tea Tree Oil. That didn't work. Tried Paw Paw Ointment. That didn't work. Doctor prescribed cortizone cream which I wouldn't use anyway. Nothing was working, the rash was getting worse, so as a last resort I called on the ever trustworthy L-Glutamine powder which is known to boost the immune system and voila! Within two weeks, the rash was gone.

Replied by Jim
Colo
08/13/2015

I have pityriasis rosea all over my body for for over a month now. Interested in your comment about getting rid of it in 2 wks. with L-Glutamine powder. Do you drink it? What strength and how often or are you using it topically.

Appreciate answer soon as I look like I am a canidate for a leper colony!

Jim


Posted by Megan (Wichita, Kansas) on 03/04/2010

Pityriasis Rosacea: I would really love some feedback on this viral infection. Thank you!

Replied by Tiana
St. Louis, Mo
04/15/2010

I totally hate these things. It makes you look like you have a seriously fatal disease, however I had to get my pitryasis treated through a doctor. I diagnosed myself. When you go, request a KOH test, its a test in which they scrape the scaley skin to test it to see what it is. I diagnosed myself like I said. I thought it was a ringworm, but it stayed for 8 mos. and its coming back now. 8 mos and I lost 60lbs from this whole situation. Talk about being depressed...

Replied by Jamayorga
Preston, Maryland, Usa
05/04/2011

I found out I had pityriasis rosea a week ago. I've had the herald patch since mid-March. I thought for several weeks that it was ringworm and was treating it with antifungal meds with no results. I started treating it as if it was psoriasis and started washing with selenium sulfide shampoo 3x a day on the affected area and using medicated gold bond powder. After a week my symptoms were much better. My dr diagnosed me with pityriais rosea and said to cut back to once a day and my rash started all over again. Going back to 3x again til it's gone. Hope this is helpful to someone else...

Replied by Chels
Port Coquitlam, Bc Canada
03/13/2012

Light treatment helped my Pityriasis Rosea. Over a year ago I had a throat infection and started noticing spots on my torso. Within a month the spots where on my arms and spreading to my legs. The spots ended up everywhere but my face & my hands. I lived with the spots for over 3 months before I found a helpful doctor. After seeing a useless dermatologist I went to a 2nd dermatologist that was amazing and ran tests to confirm that I had Pityriasis Rosea. He prescribed light treatment, after 2 months of treatment my spots were gone. The spots came back on my arms a year later and I went back to light treatment, after 1 month I stopped going and still have small (almost unnoticable) spots on my arms. I would rather spots then the damaging effects of light treatment.

Replied by Ben
Missouri
11/01/2013

Diagnosed this morning with pityriasis rosea. Last night I had terrible stomach pain, I thought it was appendicitis. However that could be related to the ulcers I've had the last couple years.

Ask your mother if she breastfeeding you as a child, this is likely the cause for parasitic and gastrointestinal problems. Your gut flora is established in the first year of life. Unfortunately my mothers actually left me early on so I was forced weaned with hardly any breastfeeding. This also can affect your brain chemistry premanently. My son on the other hand doesn't even get runny noses and he's been breastfeeding for almost two years now. Breastfeeding is the key.

I've been slowly learning about how to change gut flora and the best bet seems to be Kimchi. Make it yourself, when we were in Korea for a few days this year, all my problems disappeared. I have to figure out how to make that stuff. It helps me to stay away from animal products too and bread. Take it for what it's worth, I hope this helps someone.


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Posted by Naz (Karachi, Pakistan) on 12/05/2013

I've been suffering from pityriasis rosea since 2 weeks now. I'm trying to build up my immune system with Vit C, zinc, milk thistle and Vit A. I'd really like to get some help about something specific that will kill the virus so my marks can go away. Also, as my marks are fading and going darker, does this mean that it will stay that way? I feel really awkward with the brown patches everywhere! Is there a natural remedy to reduce the scarring or pigmentation?

Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
12/06/2013

Naz: Make home made water kefir. Eat organic produce and grass fed animal products raw. Take the thai fish sauce that has been fermented for 2 years. Make green smoothies from organic baby leave or edible wild leaves that have not been contaminated.

Replied by Minnie
Chickasha, Ok
03/26/2015
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I am in week two, and figured out it wasn't eczema 2 days ago and doctor diagnosed PR. It just spread to neck and I've used aloe vera for the past 24 hours after previously trying dandruff shampoo, cortizone creme and yogurt. The aloe vera took the heat out and the redness was reduced greatly. I reapplied three times now and I think this will be the winner.