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I've been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea by a doctor last week. I think I began to get it on the 25th of december. I felt really stressed, I had a lump on inside of my cheek (I might've just bitten it in the night as it went down), then a couple of days later I had a fever, sore throat, aching joints and felt very tired and generally unwell. My herald patch came out on the 29th of december on my stomach and I still had aching joints, tiredness and the general feeling that I was coming down with something, I thought the flu or a cold at the time.
The rash has spread more and it's getting very itchy. It's been 1 week and 2 days since the herald patch appeared but I'm still very, very tired. Is this relatively normal? Have any of you felt the same? Does it pass?
I've been using head & shoulders shampoo, calamine lotion, nappy rash cream, an emollient with lavender and tea tree oil mixed in, and eurax lotion (hydrocortisone). So far it's still itchy and still spreading.
I would love to go sunbathing but it's the middle of winter in England so no sun at all. I have seen that some people on here have used sunbeds which helped their rash immensely, but I'm scared of them after reading about the cancer rates (people who use a sunbed for the first time under the age of 35 increases the rate of developing melanoma by 65%) Is it really that dangerous or are those myths? Haven't had much luck in finding out when I was googling it. I'd like to try it out as so many people have had a lot of success with it!
Thanks and hope you all heal soon! <3
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