Help! I’m not sure if this is Pityriasis Rosea or not!

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hi, so i've decided to take to here to hopefully get some clarification as my DR is struggling.

I have suffered with psoriasis all my life but rarely get a widespread all over my body. Around 3 weeks ago I had noticed that a rash type had started on my stomach but was itchier than normal and started spreading to my arm, back and chest. I knew at this stage it wasn't what i had before so visited my GP.

He thought it was psoriasis and sent me away with steroid cream. This hasn't really worked & having read up on PR, it seems very similar. I have never noticed a herald patch so would that mean it wouldn't be PR or don't you always get one?

THANKS

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    From what i know you do get a herald patch. but you may not have noticed it. I personally think that the steroid cream might be useful to help itching and minimize potential scarring, I don't think it will harm. PR doesn't last too long. So keep an eye on it and see if if goes away. If it goes on go back to the GP. Although people say there are no triggers and you only get it once. I have had it twice and it was definitely stress induced (in hindsight) i hope it clear soon 😊

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      Thank you. It came on shortly after I had got over a bad throat infection so not sure if that could be a trigger?

      I have read it can be up to 12 weeks? I am now on to the 4th week

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    I've read stories of people who had PR and no noticeable herald patch. I didn't notice my herald patch until the rash had taken over my shoulders and back. Sunlight, coconut oil and taking herbal antivirals (cistus incanus/rock rose and scutellaria baicalensis/Chinese skullcap) are what ultimately helped me. You can get cistus incanus in tea form. It's good for flu and other viruses as well.

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      Mine lasted 14 miserable weeks. I still have pigmentation from the spots in some places. I waited until week ten or so to see my naturopath and started helping my immune system. For me the rash started fading and I stopped getting new spots only when my immune system got stronger. I'd tried Prreze before then and it didn't help much. New spots kept showing up. It was definitely both an internal and external healing process for me.

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    hi laura

    you may have had one and never noticed! I put my experience in the forum 2 years ago as it was the only place you can actually get good advice, I will pop it below for you incase it may help. Best to try and get rid if it now before it starts to get warmer. I also suffer from Psoriasis and can say its totally different as PR is harder to combat, PR tends to hit you when your immune system is low and youre stressed where as psoriasis can often be triggered by hormones . Anyway heres my previous experience and what i did to combat it, hope it helps;

    So like many of you I discovered a herald patch and confused it with ring worm. I applied fungal cream for days until it wore down to a red patch. Then more patches appeared all over, mostly under my arms, my chest, stomach and inner thighs. It's summer so I thought my summer was over after learning that it lasts 3 months. The doctor basically said there was nothing I could do and just had to wait for it to go, all she suggested was avoiding sweating (pretty hard considering it was during a heat wave) After leaving it and pretty much crying for a week I decided to be pro active and search the forums online. The first thing I read was that head and shoulders has an active ingredient that some how helps against the rash so I bought two varieties, the original and one for instant dry scalp care. I had also read that many people in the medical profession believe that PR is not really a virus (virus's are contagious and PR is not) but it is something that is dormant in our bodies and is brought out by a bad diet, lack of exercise or stress. To counter act this you need to build up your immune system. So I also purchased the following:

    Aloe Vera juice - drank 2 X 25ml each day

    Benadryl actrivistin - x1 a day

    Wellwoman inner cleanse vitabiotics to help the immune system - X 2 a day

    Boots herbal acne relief tablets (helps blemishes, eczema etc) X 3 a day

    Aveeno moisturiser

    I then showered twice a day, washing my body with the head and shoulders in a cool shower. I then had 6 minutes on the sun bed and after a week I was just left with a few dry patches. (The head and shoulders will dry your skin out - that's where the aveeno comes in)

    Now unfortunately due to the heat I seem to have suffered more than most. The rash inside my armpits grew into large patches, these became raised and blister like. I was in agony and could not move. After seeing another doctor I was told these were deeply infected and I'm currently on a heavy course of flucloxacillin to battle the infection. However the rest of the rash has almost disappeared completely.

    Ignoring the agony of the infection it would seem the rest has worked and I would deeply recommend trying some of the things I used. The shampoo dries the rash, the moisturiser combats this and the sunbeds get rid of the red marks.

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      thanks so much for this! Which head & shoulders did you find effective? I am willing to try anything as I simply cannot cope with another 10 weeks of this! Do you think suffering a bad case of strep throat may have triggered it then?

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      the original one will work fine, I just alternated between each one as I was willing to try anything! Yes if you have been ill your immune system will have lowered, you need to get that raised and battle the PR inside and out. If you were given antibiotics you need to be taking a probiotic to get the good bacteria back in your body, I would try a smoothie each day, using spinach, kale, fruits like orange and pineapple (get your vit C) ginger is also supposed to help, I would pop in coconut water or almond milk and throw in a probiotic yoghurt drink if you dont have the tablets. Boosting your immune system will help it go quicker! Mine did not last 3 months in the end even with the severe skin infections it caused so theres hope!

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      It was a couple of years ago but from memory I think it did, keep the water cool and just remember to moisturise afterwards. It made me so down at the time I would have powered through any pain to get results.

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    You poor thing! No, not having, or not noticing a herald patch does not mean it is not PR. Unfortunately, people can get psoriasis and another rash at the same time. Very mean, but stuff happens. There are 5 rashes that look similar to PR- one of them is psoriasis, so you know about that. The two easiest are: contact dermatitis- a low grade allergic reaction that can last for months and not develop into a full blown allergic reaction like anaphylaxis. Buy some Benedryl, use as directed if rash subsides within 3 days, ta da! 2) ringworm- a fungal infection. Buy a spray for jock itch or athlete's foot, use as directed, if it subsides within 3 days, you will know. 3) PR, that's why you are here. Buy a jar of PrrEze, if your rash turns red by day 2, it will be gone by day 5. 4) Granuloma annulare. Not much is known about this one, and i have no clue what might help.

    Please keep us informed!!!

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