Pityriasis rosea treatment

Pityriasis rosea is one of the most common skin diseases among children and young adults. There are numerous varieties of pityriasis. However, they are not interrelated. Among all types of Pityriasis, Pityriasis Rosea is the most mild and common form of skin infection. Even though it looks totally different when it appears on the skin, sometimes it is confusing to distinguish this specific skin disease form the other ones. It is mostly seen among people during the spring and fall seasons. Pityriasis rosea usually goes away with six weeks, however, it can often last longer than three months. It usually starts off with a large spot on chest, abdomen or back but later on it spreads all over the body. People who are aged between ten and thirty-five years are more likely to get this disease, although anyone of any age are also at risk. Pregnant women are also quite prone to contracting this disease.

Most of the time, this disease does not need any medication or treatment to be cured. However, some sort of discomfort that is felt during this disease can be treated by external or internal medications. Most of the time physicians prescribe medications to the patients to keep the itch under control. To reduce the irritation, some physicians suggest steroid creams or ointments which can help to ease the itch and lessen the redness of the skin. There are some drugs which can reduce the duration of this disease. For instance, some antiviral drugs like acyclovir and famciclovir are frequently used for this purpose. These drugs can reduce the duration of Pityriasis Rosea by one or two weeks.

Aveeno oatmeal baths and lukewarm baths are prescribed more often to combat the rash. Strenuous activities that can usually aggravate the rash are strongly discouraged by the physicians. Intensive physical activities can cause the lesions to stretch and can worsen the situation. Using rough soap will cause irritation, as will usign hot water. Therefore, individual awareness is really important while treating this disease. Using mild moisturizing creams or lotions can also help to lessen the itching and rash. UV light therapy has been used to treat many skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne. Moderated exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light treatment with the consultation of health supervisors can help make the lesions go away more quickly. Sometimes, exposure to sunlight can also be helpful to reduce the consequences of this disease. However, while taking this therapy, it is important to consult health supervisors.

Oral antihistamines are renowned to the feeling of discomfort which arises during the period of Pityriasis Rosea. However, Antihistamines possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the lesions and rashes of pityriasis rosea. Antihistamines like Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Tavist, Claritin and Chlor-Trimeton are really helpful for lessening the inflammation in the affected areas. However, it is extremely important to consult with the doctors before taking any type of medicines of the above kind. Since the treatment depends on the symptoms, taking medications without consulting doctors can have a harmful impact on bodies. Sometimes excessive mental stress can also have some sort of effect on this disease. Meditations and massages are highly effective for stress management in such cases.

It can be concluded that pityriasis rosea is a self-timing disease, which means that it will cure automatically, but will take some time to do so. So, when someone gets this disease, it is important to figure out the mode of the disease. If it is mild enough to treat at home, it would be better to take some time to attempt that before going to the doctors to seek help.

Last updated on Feb 1st, 2011 and filed under Skin Care. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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