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!

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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).

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 will help reduce the rash and the dryness, as it obviously treats dandruff from the scalp. I also used E45 Itch Relief Cream twice a day, whilst showering in H&S 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 🙂 x

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  1. Jolene
    September 21, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Ugh!!! I have this too!! How long did it actually last for ?

    • September 22, 2015 / 2:19 am

      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! 🙂

      • Jolene
        September 22, 2015 / 1:44 pm

        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?

    • January 11, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      I have this how long does it take to go away ? how does it look when they go away ?

      • January 13, 2017 / 2:25 pm

        Hey Peter, mine lasted about 4 weeks if I remember correctly.
        Luckily, mine healed perfectly and had no visible marks afterwards! 🙂

        Hope this helps!
        I just washed myself in Head & Shoulders to stop the dryness and itchiness 🙂

  2. September 23, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    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! 😀

    • Jolene
      September 24, 2015 / 9:36 am

      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?

      • September 24, 2015 / 7:11 pm

        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 🙂

        Nah, I think it’ll go by next week 🙂

        Yeah my big one lasted quite a while! But they heal pretty quickly for me 🙂

  3. Jolene
    September 25, 2015 / 10:52 am

    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!!!

    • Jolene
      September 25, 2015 / 10:56 am

      one more question? Did the ones you got later take as long to go away as the first ones?

      • September 25, 2015 / 5:08 pm

        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 🙂

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Hahaha that’s no problem 🙂
      I feel like Head & Shoulders was a saviour for me, washing in it every day 🙂

      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 😀

  4. Jolene
    September 26, 2015 / 2:55 am

    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

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Haha! Yeah I don’t think they let you send photos on here! Feel free to send me an email to nuggetstump.blog@gmail.com though, if you want to 🙂

      That’s good! Mine were SOOOOO itchy

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

      • Jolene
        September 29, 2015 / 5:41 pm

        Thanks! I’m going to email you:) are the pictures you have on here the beginning stages? Or was that as bad as it got?

  5. May
    March 13, 2016 / 9:49 am

    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.

    • March 13, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      That’s no problem! I’m so happy that this post has helped people 🙂
      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!

  6. Katherine
    March 22, 2016 / 9:52 am

    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

    • March 26, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      That’s no problem, Katherine! I’m so glad that this has helped you a little! 😀

      It’s not the most glamorous looking thing to have on your body! Good luck! x

      • Maranda
        October 6, 2016 / 1:52 am

        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.

        • October 6, 2016 / 12:12 pm

          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 🙂 x

  7. Heather
    July 6, 2016 / 2:41 am

    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 :/ )

    • August 17, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      I’m so glad this helped, Heather! 😀
      I went to the doctors about mine and he thought it was either one of two things but he said Pityriasis Rosea 🙂

      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! 😀

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

  8. Grave
    December 3, 2016 / 5:32 am

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

    • January 13, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      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! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting! Hope I helped! xx

  9. marley923
    January 31, 2017 / 4:03 am

    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?

    • January 31, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Hey marley, I think I might have used E45 Anti Itch Relief Cream which is pretty good even when I have psoriasis 🙂

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