pityriasis rosea

Get Rid of Pityriasis Rosea Naturally

Pityriasis rosea is a rash characterized by a series of lesions or rash patches that begin with a ‘herald’ patch on the chest, abdomen or back and then spread from the middle of the body outwards. It is most common in young adults, those aged 10-35, and often goes away on its own within six weeks. It is believed to be caused by a non-contagious virus, and in most cases treatment focuses on alleviating the itching as the rash itself resolves on its own.

 

How do I know if I have pityriasis rosea?

  • Large raised scaly patch on the chest, abdomen or back
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Small scaly patches on the back, chest or abdomen
  • Severe itching

 

How do I prevent pityriasis rosea?

Because the direct cause of pityriasis rosea is unclear, there is no definite way to prevent it.

 

How can I treat pityriasis rosea?

  • Comfrey, St. John’s wort, calendula, chickweed and mullein are all herbs that will help soothe inflammation and relieve itching.
  • Coleus, reishi, chaparral and chamomile are natural antihistamines that will calm the reaction to the rash.
  • Calamine lotion can be applied to the patches to ease itching.
  • Menthol lotions can help to alleviate the itching.
  • Colloidal oatmeal baths are excellent for soothing the skin.
  • Don’t take hot showers, make sure the water that touches your skin is lukewarm or tepid.
  • Keep your skin moisturized.
  • Expose affected body parts to the sun each day for 15 minutes.
  • Cold compresses can help to alleviate the itch.
  • Avoid itching clothing; stick to loose fitting clothes that breathe.
  • Avoid harsh or scented soaps and detergents.
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