1. What is pityriasis rosea?
Pityriasis rosea is a common skin condition in which a rash develops followed by patches on the skin. The exact cause of pityriasis rosea is not known but it is known to occur due to a virus. Rashes and patches disappear on their own in a few weeks.
2. What are the symptoms of ptyriasis rosea?
The symptoms of pityriasis rosea include large patches with scaly patches on the skin. Patches occur on the head, chest or the abdomen. Before the appearance of the scaly patch some patients experience fatigue, fever, sore throat or headache.
3. What is the cause of pityriasis rosea?
Pityriasis rosea leads to the development of rashes and scaly patches on the skin; though the exact cost of the underlying disease is not clear it is thought to be caused due to a virus which may be similar to herpes virus, but is not life-threatening or contagious.
4. How is pityriasis rosea diagnosed?
Pityriasis rosea is generally diagnosed by merely observing the skin. The physician may also scrape off the scaly patches and use the affected tissues for testing the cells.
5. What is the treatment for pityriasis rosea?
Rashes and patches of pityriasis rosea generally disappear on their own without treatment. However, if the rashes are long-lasting, they need to be treated with topical corticosteroids and oral antihistaminics. The damaged cells of the skin are also treated by ultraviolet light.