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I am a woman aged 31 and was diagnosed with PR in October after I found a few, bite-like bumps on my naval. Within 3-4 days, my torso, neck and back were completely covered in red, scaly bumps. It was very itchy and uncomfortable, and I was very distressed to hear from my doctor that there is no treatment and this will last up to 3 months...
I turned to the message boards on websites like this and found them really useful and reassuring. So I wanted to share my experience in case I can do the same for someone else.
While PR is expected to last 3 months, this seems to be the time until the last mark has gone. Thankfully, my skin was visibly much better after 4-5 weeks and while there were still some darker red patches where the skin was healing after, it was not easily visible or in any way uncomfortable.
The first 4 weeks were tough though... in particular the first week. I used calamine lotion (and lots of it!) to cool the skin and reduce the itchiness. And showered with Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo and oatmeal shower gel (Aveeno brand) to provide some relief. I also applied hydrocortisone cream on the itchiest places (but only sparingly).
After a week, the itchiness was dramatically reduced and much more manageable. It was gone completely after two. Then the skin dries up and peels off. I applied huge amounts of moisturiser during this time (2-3 times a day, again Aveeno with oatmeal) but the skin slowly healed and was very soft and supple after. This lasted another 2-3 weeks. By the end of the 5th week, my skin was much more normal and I didn't have to worry about moisturising all the time or feel self-conscious.
I know the idea of 5 weeks of PR is not exactly comforting... but it's better than 12 ! and only the first 2 weeks were really bad. There were parts of my body that took longer to completely heal (e.g. under my arms) but the last marks are now all gone and there is zero scarring. The good news is that this is not a recurring conditions either, which means that you'll never have the worry about this again.
Hope this is helpful and that anyone reading this in the early stages of PR hang in there and rest assured that it will pass!
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