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Pityriasis rosea (say "pit-uh-RY-uh-sus ROH-zee-uh") is a common skin rash. It usually starts as one scaly and pinkish, purple, or red-brown patch on your stomach or back. Days or weeks later, more small patches appear. The rash may itch, but it will not spread to other people.
Experts aren't sure what causes pityriasis rosea. It may be caused by a virus.
Pityriasis rosea is most common in children and young adults. It lasts 1 to 3 months and then goes away on its own. Medicine can help relieve any itching.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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