Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and medical history, they will perform a physical examination and a thorough skin check, which may include a dermoscopy or a skin sample to be analyzed in the laboratory and confirm the diagnosis, since pityriasis rosea can be confused with ringworm, eczema or psoriasis.
Your doctor may also order a blood test to rule out a type of syphilis that can cause a similar rash.
Pityriasis rosea usually goes away on its own between the third and twelfth week of the rash, but to treat severe itching, your doctor may prescribe:
To avoid skin irritation, they may also suggest gentle baths and lubricants or hydrocortisone creams.
Also, phototherapy can help the rash to stop, although it can also cause the spots to darken. However, pityriasis rosea does not usually leave scars and is not a recurrent disease.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.