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Hi all, I'm a 34 year old woman who was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea for the first time last week. I had been experiencing symptoms for about a week prior to seeing a doctor. Admittedly, this was the first time I had ever heard of such condition, and it made me really upset to hear that all I can do is wait it out.
My doctor prescribed me an oral steroid prescription for a week, and I also took an over the counter antihistamine. The steroid made me nauseous, and the antihistamine made me extremely fatigued. (I almost fell asleep at the wheel, and walked into a wall at work!) Not only that, but once my steroid prescription was up, the rash came back worse than ever!!!
All I have to say to all of this is OH, HELL NO!!!
Thankfully, I found this message board and compiled all of the advice people have been offering. I am putting myself on a strict routine/experiment, and am determined to kick this crappy rash to the curb ASAP. I'll keep you all posted on the progress.
Here is my plan of attack:
1. Lukewarm morning shower using Selsun Blue extra hydrating formula for soap
2. Applying Boudreaux's Maximum Strength Butt Paste (diaper rash cream with 40% zinc oxide) to the affected area
3. Supplements in the morning: Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin E, Multivitamin, Spiralina, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Sovereign Bio-Active Hydrosol for Immune Support, 10 ppm (taking 4 drops 3 times/day)
4. WATER!!!! Drinking 3L minimum per day
5. NO CARBS OR SUGAR OR SUGAR SUBSTITUTES!!! Strict raw organic vegetable and lean protein diet. HELLO SALADS! This will be hard since I was trying to be a vegan, but if grains hinder the recovery of PR then BYE BYE! (Sorry to my furry friends!)
6. Evening lukewarm shower using mild coconut oil soap (Kirk's Castile), and applying pure coconut oil to skin before bed
After some contemplation, I have decided that I am going to stay out of the tanning bed, as I'd take PR over skin cancer any day. Normal outside day exposure will have to suffice.
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