My greeting with Pityriasis Rosea


What is Pityriasis Rosea? How do you get it?

Well, I noticed a large red itchy patch on my skin, the day that I was leaving for Florida. But on my last few days there, I started to develop a scabby, itchy rash all over my body (I know, gross but that’s what it looks like!). It started spreading from my arms, to my stomach, onto my back and then finally moved onto my legs but there were hardly any there luckily!

Here is a few photos of when it first started to break out all over my body. After this, it started to dry out, appear darker and grow a lot more of them. I didn’t take any later photos as I completely forgot and it wasn’t too sightly either!


So, I went to the doctors on the day that I got back from holiday, as my mother was really worried about it. My doctor was pretty unsure at first and thought that it might have been my Psoriasis having an attack, but when I told him that I have had that all of my life, he started looking more into other solutions. He came across Pityriasis Rosea and it seemed to match it perfectly.

Finally getting onto what it actually is! It turns out that Pityriasis Rosea is a form of skin infection that appears on the skin (mainly all over the body, but avoiding the face, hands and feet). There is no known reason to why it happens, and there is no remedy either. It will cure itself over time, but as I have read, it can take from 6-16 weeks to heal completely.

I thought that I would write this post as I have never even heard of this condition before and thought that I would share my experience with readers. This condition isn’t contagious and it doesn’t cause any harm to your health – just think of it as a severe rash, which can be very itchy (as mine was).

How do people reduce this?

I went to Twitter and Google to do some research on how people try to reduce the itching and swelling of the rash, and I discovered that a lot of people have gotten this before! Some people have had it several times, although it is very rare that you will get it more than once in a lifetime. So I was on the discussion boards trying to find some ideas, and I found a lot of comments saying that showering in Head & Shoulders (You can get it from Amazon here:ย will help reduce the rash and the dryness, as it obviously treats dandruff from the scalp. I also used E45 Itch Relief Cream (Amazon: twice a day, whilst showering in Head & Shoulders every single day and I feel that this has made my skin heal so much faster!
I can happily say that my marks on my body are reducing and slowly fading! Woohoo!

Although people could possibly think of this as a severe rash, it really brought my mood down about my appearance. Baring in mind, I was covered from my neck to my legs in dark red, itchy *scabs* (apologies). This made me want to cover up and not show anybody, but I have gotten use to it and hey, they say that the sun can help fasten healing!

So I guess that this is a post of progression really, I will write back again with some more progress but it is also a heads up to other people that are suffering with Pityriasis Rosea to say that it might not last as long as you initially think – and that there are home remedies and other ways to combat your itching or patches!

If anyone has questions about this, then feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you

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40 thoughts on “My greeting with Pityriasis Rosea”

    1. It didn’t last 3 months at all! Mine lasted probably 1 and a half weeks, then the stabbing took about 1-2 weeks to disappear – I feel like head and shoulders as shower gel helped a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thank you!!! I have had it 3 weeks.. Mine looks like yours.. Not as severe as some of the pictures I have seen!! The initial ones are spreading out bigger but the color is fading while the newer ones are more pinkish red!! Ugh this sucks..: but thankful it isn’t dangerous or contagious:) did it leave any scars? And we’re yours various sizes?

      1. Hey Peter, mine lasted about 4 weeks if I remember correctly.
        Luckily, mine healed perfectly and had no visible marks afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hope this helps!
        I just washed myself in Head & Shoulders to stop the dryness and itchiness ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Hahaha! Yeah nobody knew what it was, not even my doctor for a while!
    My mother wouldn’t let me out because she thought I had Scabies haha!

    Mine took a while to start too! I’ve had one big one by itself before and it’s gone. But the second time, they all grew!

    Luckily I only had them on my arms and stomach/back – none on my face or legs! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Wait! So did you have it more than once? The first one started about 3 weeks ago on me… I really hope mine doesn’t last for months and months. How long ago did you have it?

      1. I had this at the time I posted it, probably a year and a half ago!
        Well I had just one blob before and thought nothing of it, but it looked exactly the same! So I’m assuming so!

        Some people only have it once in their life and others can repeatedly get it :/

        I haven’t had it since though luckily ๐Ÿ™‚

        Nah, I think it’ll go by next week ๐Ÿ™‚

        Yeah my big one lasted quite a while! But they heal pretty quickly for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh okay: ) I gotcha.. Thank you so much for getting back to me:) Mine started while we were on vacation and I was so scared that it was bed bugs. lol… Mine seem to look a lot better in the morning when I wake up but get more pigmented throughout the day. Especially after I work out or shower.. You have been a life saver, since as I said, I don’t know anyone who has ever even heard of it!!!

      1. I think mine seemed to go away around the same time.. Although I think they lasted the longest on the insides of my “biceps” – they were super itchy and scabby, yuck!

        They weren’t too far apart from each other though ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hahaha that’s no problem ๐Ÿ™‚
      I feel like Head & Shoulders was a saviour for me, washing in it every day ๐Ÿ™‚

      I thought it was bed bugs too, when I had just the one dot I thought it was a spider bite and then my mother thought scabies hahaha!

      Are yours itchy yet? Mine were super itchy, they say don’t itch them though or they’ll scar!
      I didn’t have any marks on me at all after it ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Hey! No I feel so fortunate because mine don’t itch at all.. I read online that only about 50% of people are itchy with this rash. I haven’t been putting anything on them at all. I will totally shower with head and shoulders if that helps to clear them up tho. I am SO over it.. The first ones appeared about 3 and a half weeks ago. I’m glad it isn’t contagious. I was going to post a picture of my rash on here but I couldn’t figure out how to do it lol

    1. Haha! Yeah I don’t think they let you send photos on here! Feel free to send me an email to though, if you want to ๐Ÿ™‚

      That’s good! Mine were SOOOOO itchy

      Yeah head & shoulders works so good, it gets rid of dry itchy skin ๐Ÿ™‚ so is good for that! I end up using it every now and then on my body for my psoriasis and it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks for the info! I have a lot of these on my stomach upper legs and arms. It appears in different sizes but I don’t think I have the biggest one or like their mother.

    1. That’s no problem! I’m so happy that this post has helped people ๐Ÿ™‚
      Has yours started to disappear? Or has it just started?

      Weirdly, I had an experience with this before this big event haha..
      I had the mother one, just by itself like a year before. I thought it was a spider bite..

      Then the year later, I began to come up in loads of them and I recognised them! Luckily the doctor knew what it was and my mother could stop worrying that I had scabies or something haha!

      But I didn’t really have a really outstanding ‘mother’ one the second time!

  5. Hi there! so glad I found your blog! I believe I am going through this now. It started off with a ‘mother one’ on my lower stomach and I just thought it was a random patch of eczema or something. But I have just come back from Barcelona and even though the weather wasn’t hot at all as it’s March, I thought maybe it’s just heat rash as it’s started to spread and is super itchy! I’m going to pop to town and get some H&S and E45 itch cream. Thank you so much for sharing! really appreciate it and I hope mine clears up as fast as yours did. Thanks again. Katherine x

      1. I totally think I have the same thing! I have been researching and I thought bed bugs or something but I honestly think it looks like these pictures. And I do have one mother spot on my back that is bigger than the others and is ring shaped.

        1. Hi Miranda, I hope my post helped you!
          I thought mine was a spider bite or something at first, until the others started ‘growing’ (I sound like I have Gremlin babies growing on me or something.. hahaha!).

          I found Head & Shoulders to be really good for it! It held back the itching and calmed down the redness of them ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. Wow I was so scared that I might have scabies or bed bugs and I couldn’t find what I might be suffering from!!! But then I found a photo that looked like what I’m going through, and it was yours!!! And after reading about this on medical websites and seeing other photos, I’m POSITIVE this is what I have! I’m so confused as to how it comes about though. Have you found any info on what could have personally caused it for you? I randomly came across a medical journal article about how omeprazole could be a cause, and I’ve just finished taking my first months worth of the medicine for heartburn symptoms, and then get this rash (Weird, right)… Anyway, I really want to thank you. (Such a bummer for my summer though, no beach for me anytime soon :/ )

    1. I’m so glad this helped, Heather! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I went to the doctors about mine and he thought it was either one of two things but he said Pityriasis Rosea ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have no idea how it happens, they say that it just randomly happens! Some people it can return every now and then for the rest of their lives, others only get it once. I’ve only had it the once though!

      It’s not great, is it? People don’t understand either and think there’s something wrong with you or contagious haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I haven’t heard that you can get it from anything? I’ll have another look around the Internet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi! I came across your blog, i currently have this rashes, may i know what type of head and shoulders you had uses? Thanks!

    1. Hey lovely!
      I think I either used the original one, or possibly the apple one!
      I think the original one would be best, but I’m guessing that they’d all be suitable as they are for itchy, dry skin! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for commenting! Hope I helped! xx

  8. Hey I just recently found out that I have this. Mine didn’t start off with a large patch, instead I have one single one on my neck thats been there for a few weeks and I noticed just a few on my stomach. Over the past two weeks it’s gradually gotten worse and has spreader. I found two new ones on my back yesterday. I just bought the head and shoulders to use as a shower gel. I was curious if you used any topical ointments or oils after your shower?

  9. Interesting to read so many people struggling with pityriasis rosea. I have had mine for 12 weeks and it’s still spreading. Thank you for writing the blog and providing some support to fellow sufferers. Carol

  10. I still have the scars for 2yrs now and I have morena skin. I’m taking glutathione to lighten my skin and make those scars invisible. ๐Ÿ™

  11. I had a rash just like this. It started on my abdomen and spread to my back all the way up my arms and down to my bottom area and upper thighs. It was red raised patches and spots I never saw a Christmas tree design or anything. My face, hands, calves, and feet were not affected. I do not remember it itching at all. It has been 3 months and most of it is gone. I still have 2 medium size patches on each upper thigh (they were much larger). Why/how did I get this and when will it go away? I remember feeling chills and sweaty when this rash started and felt I was having atypical heart attack symptoms for a female. I am 34 years old. I went to the hospital and everything looked good they said. I showed them the rash but they did not seem interested and just said it looked fungal and brushed it off. The doctor told me he was only checking my chest pains complaint and not the rash. I used Selson Blue on it but it did not do anything. I tried triple antibacterial ointment, caladryl, and etc…. Nothing seemed to help it improve. I even used Fells Naptha soap (super good for poison ivy). I am eating lots of onions and garlic. Should I go to a dermatologist? I do not know what they would do and it is mostly gone now.

  12. I think I may have this going on now. I have a doctorโ€™s appointment scheduled for Wednesday morning to make sure. Mine started a little over a week ago. I thought it was an allergic reaction to apple juice!!! My stomach, pelvic area & my breasts seem to b most affected by these bumps. They didnโ€™t itch at first but are beginning to now. Some are drying up while others are still a little pinkish in color. They aggravate me more than anything cause they donโ€™t seem to be going away.

    Thanks for the suggestion about using the H&S shampoo for body wash. I will definitely try it. Thanks for the information and the pictures too. Most helpful.

  13. Thanks for the info, Katherine. I was just diagnosed with pityriasis rosea by my dermatologist. It started with a few large patches and after a week came the small rashes. It has now been two weeks and is starting to get really itchy. The rashes have spread to my neck, forehead, arms and legs. I hope it clears up soon.

  14. I have this too, everything that everyone mentioned resonates with what am experiencing. It began with the large patch, quarter size then followed by smaller ones all over my body and legs. It seem to get worse through the day. Iโ€™ve had it for 4 weeks now, some of them are drying and scabbing. CeraVe Itch Relief seemed to help with the itch. I take Claritin first thing in the morning and then Benadryl at night. Also, I use cetaphil bar soap non drying but Iโ€™ll switch it to Head and Shoulders. This has certainly made me feel sad almost on a daily basis, I have to remind myself that this will pass, itโ€™ll heal itself, itโ€™s harmless, and itโ€™s not contagious.

  15. I’ve had mine since sept 13, 2019. It still not going away, slowly spreading. Now I see it on my face sadly. Hope it goes soon.

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