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Pityriasis Rosea: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2024

What is the treatment?


How is the treatment done?

Pityriasis Rosea is a viral disease which affects people between the age group of 10-35 years. The rash lasts about six to at the most nine weeks. And in very rare cases 12 weeks. Once a person has been afflicted with Pityriasis Rosea it will not reoccur in that person’s lifetime. Pityriasis Rosea starts as a large, scaly, pink patch. These patches which are named as ‘herald patches’ measure about 2-10 centimeters in size. The herald patches are usually scaly and are pink to red in colour. These patches can appear on the chest, neck or back.

Various tiny spots in pink colour will start appearing on a person’s arms, legs and trunk after the passage of a few days of the initial appearance of the first set of patches. Patches that appear are usually in a vertical shape that is often believed to look like a fir tree.

The exact cause of the pityriasis rosea disease remains unknown. It is neither caused by a bacteria nor a fungus. It is related to the virus from the family of human herpes. Pityriasis rosea is not contagious either directly or indirectly. It is on the whole a harmless condition.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The treatment procedure begins with normal tests and maybe a biopsy where they will remove a tiny portion of the skin and examine it. This condition is very common and usually goes away within one to three months and never come back. No special treatment id required for this condition and the doctor might suggest some medicinal or ayurvedic ointments. If you are facing with severe itchiness and wish to seek treatment then you can ask for oral antihistamines which are commonly available and these help to reduce the irritation on your skin and eliminate the symptoms that you were facing. Certain skin soothing ointments and moisturizers are applied to edge out the rashes. Soaps are advised to be avoided as it might cause more itchiness and irritation. Certain steroid creams are used to reduce the redness caused on the skin, these creams can also reduce the swelling and itchiness if you apply them on the affected regions of your skin properly. Since this condition is an allergy reaction, therefore certain antibiotics are prescribed to fight the harmful antibodies present in your body. During the course of treatment, you should have baths in lukewarm waters but do not over heat the water as overheating will worsen the condition and cause more irritation and swelling.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Thos who find many red spots on their skin and causes irritation and itching are eligible for the treatment.


Are there any side effects?

There are no specific conditions where you are not eligible for the treatment, however, you should consult with your medical expert to be on the safe side.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The side effects are usually a red skin and irritation and the sensation of itching in the affected areas.

How long does it take to recover?

This condition cures on its own and with treatment it never comes back. You should apply the prescribed ointments and you are good to go.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The irritation and itching lasts for a while but all of the signs and symptoms should go away within 3 months.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The price of the treatment for this condition are not much, they rnage from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,500.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment are permanent and once you are diagnosed with this condition then you are unlikely to have this condition ever again.


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