Pityrias Rosea - please help..?!

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i hope someone can help - about 5 days ago I noticed a red patch on my arm that has gradually got much bigger, it's now a large red circle with raised bumps/skin around the edge of the circle with a slightly flat centre, I've also noticed at least 4-5 other red marks, a bit like bites/spots - I went on google and was convinced it was ringworm (yuck) so have been using canesten anti fungal cream over the problematic areas, have been totally paranoid about it spreading and have frantically been washing bedding, linen, sheets etc etc - it's also worth mentioning that I've also had the most awful cold, sore throat, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite for just under a week, feel pretty rubbish to be honest - I'm now thinking it could be pityriasis rosea, as this would link, my headache is horrible and I've been very congested too - can anyone please help??! 

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    Google is not a good resource when you're trying to identify a rash (I know!) PR usually comes on after or during a viral infection, so it could very easily be that. Have you been to a doctor or an Urgent Care facility? They can usually diagnose it properly. Antifungal creams won't work on PR. If your red marks start to look like blotches kind of like insenct bites only not raised, that's probably PR. The "herald spot" is the first spot to appear and it's usually a small red mark that gets bigger before the rest of the rash starts appearing.

    The good news is that PR is NOT contagious, so no need to overdo it with the cleaning! Definitely make an appt to see a doctor to get this officially diagnosed, though. 

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    rachelle00, first, calm down. Second, if you can, get a biopsy done. Most GPs only guess at what you have, dermatologists are much better with their guesses, but a biopsy actually tells you what it is.

    In the meantime: try Benedryl. If that makes the rash a lot less within a 4 hour period, you probably are having a low grade allergic reaction to something. 

    My GP thought I had ringworm, and treated me for that for about 6 months, then sent me to a dermatologist who biopsied it and declared it was PR. 

    Guttate psoriasis, granuloma annulare, lichens planus also look similar to PR. Of these, PR is the best thing to have, because it is not a lifetime rash.

    Buy some Prreze. If the rash turns bright red within 24 to 36 hours of using it, you have PR and it is going away. If the Prreze does not turn the rash bright red, but it does help with your itching and calms the rash even a little bit, keep using it. The same people make Psoriaseze and it has good reviews.

    In the meantime, put some coconut oil on it, try a cream with lidocaine if it itches. Good luck! Hope it leaves soon.

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