A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Pityriasis Rosea
I had a question the other day about pityriasis rosea.
Pityriasis rosea is a common skin problem causing a rash.
Although it can happen at any age, it’s usually seen in people between the ages of 10 and 35.
Pityriasis rosea is usually harmless.
But it can cause serious problems in pregnant women.
Experts aren’t sure what causes pityriasis rosea.
Unlike many other skin conditions, it’s not an allergic reaction or caused by a fungus or bacteria.
And there aren’t signs it’s caused by a virus.
But something irritates your skin and causes the rash.
The rash often begins with a single, round or oval, pink scaly patch with a raised border.
The size of the patch ranges from 0.8 in.–3.9 in.
The larger patches are more common.
Days to weeks later, salmon-colored, 0.4 in.-0.8 in. oval patches appear in batches on your abdomen, chest, back, arms, and legs.
Patches sometimes spread to your neck but rarely to your face.
Patches on your back are often vertical and angled to form a “Christmas tree” or “fir tree” appearance.
The rash doesn’t cause itching in 25% of people who have pityriasis rosea.
For 50% of people, the itch is mild to moderate.
And for 25% of people, the itch is severe.
The rash usually lasts 6-8 weeks, but it can last up to several months.
The rash may take other forms.
Rounded bumps may be seen in young children, pregnant women, and people with dark skin.
Blisters may be seen in infants and young children.
In some people, the first patch may not appear, or two patches may appear close together.
Before the first patch appears, you may feel tired and as though you have a cold.
You may have a headache, nausea, sore throat, and loss of appetite.
The pityriasis rosea rash looks similar to other rashes, including ringworm, tinea versicolor, eczema, and psoriasis.
A rash similar to pityriasis rosea also can be caused by syphilis and by some medicines like antibiotics.
If you get a rash on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet, seek medical attention.
This can be a sign of something more serious.
Pityriasis rosea goes away without treatment.
It usually lasts about 6-8 weeks.
Exposing the rash to sunlight may make it go away more quickly (but don’t get burned).
To deal with pityriasis rosea it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salt baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.