What is Pityriasis rosea? A rash.
The rash often begins with a single, round-to-oval, pink patch that is scaly with a raised border (herald patch). Its size ranges from 2 cm to 10 cm. The larger size is more common. Days to weeks later, salmon-colored, 1 cm to 2 cm oval patches appear in batches on the abdomen, chest, back, arms, and legs. Patches sometimes spread to the neck but rarely to the face.How is it treated?
Pityriasis rosea will usually go away in 6 to 8 weeks without treatment. If the rash itches, you may wish to use skin lotions and lubricants to soothe itching. If symptoms are severe, anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids may be used to relieve itching and reduce the rash. Some people may try other medications, such as antifungals, because the rash looks like ringworm. However, because pityriasis rosea is viral and not caused by a fungus, these medications are not effective.
Quite simply put THE MAD ITCH!
At first I thought it was Poison Ivy since I went with Miss T on a school Nature Walk at Poplar Grove on a Saturday morning - September 1st to be exact.
The next day, I noticed little bumps, slightly red in color on both arms and in the crook of my elbows and a terrible urge to scratch. I began to treat this as if I had Poison Oak, Ivy or such.
Just as the arms began to heal, last Thursday (Sept 13th) I noticed it on my chest. It was moving up my neck as if to crawl behind my ear and over to my shoulders.
Looks better today......I figured the bra straps were "carrying" it over to the shoulders.
I put toothpaste on it! Yep toothpaste. That Aquafresh Extreme White with the peroxide in it....boy did that feel good...it tingled AND smelled minty fresh! It seemed to dry it up.
But by Tuesday (yesterday) I had had enough. 18 days of the Mad Itch was more than I needed. So my friendly Doc looked at it, asked me questions and said "Pitysomethingorother Roses"........HUH?
Luckily she wrote it down for me and gave me a script for Prednisone.
Lovely! Just lovely.
The worst part of the doctor visit?
I am swearing off FOOD forever!