Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea (PR) is a common, harmless and non-contagious skin problem resulting in a rash which can last from several weeks to months. It is often mistaken for “ringworm” due to the round shape of lesions.


Several features can help differentiate pityriasis rosea from other conditions such as ringworm or eczema.

  • The initial lesion of PR is often the largest. This is known as the “Mother” or “Herald” patch and typically occurs several days prior to the onset of several similar, but smaller lesions.
  • Lesions usually affect the central core areas of the body.
  • Itching is typically mild.
  • Lesions may appear more red after exercise or hot showers.


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Treatment is often unnecessary.

  • If needed, topical medications can be used to help with itching.
  • Most lesions will resolve in about 6-8 weeks, even without treatment.

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