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.
Pityriasis Rosacea: I would really love some feedback on this viral infection. Thank you!
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(Preston, Maryland, Usa)
I first learned about pityriasis rosea 14 years ago, soon after my daughter was born. I saw the "herald patch" on my thigh and did a little online searching to find more information. After reading, I expected the red spots to disappear, just like the herald patch had, after the virus had run its course, but they never did. They stuck around my knees and would get larger in the winter, smaller in the summer. They didn't really bother me, just a visual nuisance with a little dryness around the spots.
Upon searching for vitiligo remedies for my son (who had psoriasis as a child), I found Art Solbrig's Psoriasis and Eczema remedy on EarthClinic using xylitol, pine bark, green tea extract, and indigo ointment.
We had most of those ingredients handy already, and thought it was a cheap and harmless experiment to try. I always take the natural remedies I give my children, so I can feel any possible side effects they may experience as well. Right or wrong, that's instinctually what I feel called to do.
Well, the vitiligo hasn't changed for my son, but the pityriasis on my knees disappeared completely, an unexpected benefit! In fact, I was expecting it to start getting worse since fall is here and my legs are getting less sunshine. As a side note, I also noticed my knees popping more when working out, along with bearable hip pain that comes and goes "randomly." I wish I remembered which hip had the herald patch 14 years ago, but alas, I do not. At any rate, I'm delighted to have the red spots gone and will continue taking the xylitol, pine bark, and green tea extract. The indigo was a little tricky to find, since Art's link takes you to an out of stock item, but I found it on Amazon after a little more digging. We use the ointment made from the indigo on our skin, but I believe it's the internal ingredients that are working for me so very well.
I use one tablespoon of xylitol with about 1/16 tsp of pine bark powder (that's what I already had in the cabinet when I read Art's recommendations), and one dropper of green tea extract that I get at the grocery store (HEB in Texas) in a glass of water and us a frother to stir it all up. I'm a busy mother of teenagers, so I down the glass before my busy day starts instead of sipping on it, but sipping is probably better, especially because xylitol can cause some interesting intestinal situations, initially--start small:) The only ingredient I carefully pay attention to is the green tea extract. My heart is pretty sensitive to caffeine and green tea, historically, has given me a little trouble. Like I said, I just maintain close awareness to the green tea dosage and how I'm feeling. All is well.
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.
I too finally realized what the itchy patch on my stomach was and started getting one on my back. Someone on you tube used L-lysine, it works!!!
1000 mg x2 day with my usual D and C - rash was angry and large and 4 days later faded and I can see it will heal. I wish I had known about this when I had the shingles years ago.
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.
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?