Pityriasis Rosea Remedies

| Modified: Mar 07, 2018
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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!

Activated Charcoal and Zinc Oxide Cream

Posted by Debbie (London) on 02/21/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I at first noticed a small round red mark on my chest which gradulally grew bigger, then spread. I've been working for 5 months on a horrible job with long hours so I wrongly, decided it must be ringworm as my immune system was probably not great. I decided to use ACV, Oil Leaf tincture, (which I might add sprayed on, relieves the awful itching) and Garlic cream. The ACV made it worse, the Oil Leaf tincture, relieved the itching but didnt seem to improve it and the Garlic Cream, just smelt very stong.

A week on, I realised I'd misdiagnosed it and I had in fact got pityriasis rosea, reading symptoms and looking at photos I realised it was that. I read all the advice on Earth Clinic, but not having any of the things recommended to hand, I decided to mix activated charcoal with some powdered tumeric and make a wet poltice which I put inbetween a muslin cloth and lay it across my chest and wore with an old T shirt. I went to bed with it on and amazingly, I had no itching at night and the next morning, on taking it off, the area looked so much better, less red and inflamed and no itching!

I then covered the area in zinc oxide cream (nappy rash cream) which I had read someone had used. It itched a little just after putting it on but I've now just realised I've had my first itch free day! I'm going to continue using these two things and I'm really hopeful it will get rid of it very soon. I thought I'd share this as both of these things are good at promoting healing.

Replied by Debbie
5 out of 5 stars

I'm just posting an update on using the Activated Charcoal Poltice and Zinc Oxide Cream (Nappy Rash Cream) on my chest. I have never experienced itching like it but from putting the Activated Charcoal mixed into a paste with water between a muslin cloth on my chest overnight, I put an old T shirt over the top to keep it in place. In the morning I then put the zinc oxide cream on for the day. After a week it's gone completely! I'm so happy and just to let anyone know whose suffering with this awful rash, this works so well and quickly.

General Feedback

Posted by Bargearse (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 06/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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

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!


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

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

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

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

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.

Supplements, Milk Thistle

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

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.