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I just wanted to start to share my pityriasis rosea story. Like many of you people, when I first started to see this disease onset, I jumped into panic mode: what is wrong? what is going on? Is this serious?
I will start with some background on how my PR case started:
At the beginning of April 2019 I started to have a case of severe headaches, some upset stomach and an on and off fever. To this day, I am not sure if this was the 'start' of my PR outbreak, as some people and some doctors say people will experience symptoms of this nature. After about 4 days with this headache, I ended up heading to the Urgent Care; I was tested for a slew of things: the flu, HIV, meningitis, and even mono. ALL NEGATIVE. Doctors had NO idea what was going on. I left with some good advil and went home.
I would say a few days later, I noticed one or two red spots on my chest, right under my ribcage. I thought: oh no, what is this? I do have rather sensitive skin, so I thought maybe with the humidity that was kicking up in the spring, or maybe because I buzzed my chest hair a few weeks back, it was something to do with those factors as those are common for me. A few days passed, and more spots kept appearing, not many, maybe like 10 little ones. I was getting more worried, but thought: this too shall pass.
It was a Saturday morning, I woke up looked at my arms, and noticed bright red spots, I ran to the bathroom and yanked my shirt off to find red dots ALL OVER my body. I started to FREAK out. I RAN to the Urgent Care, the doctor diagnosed me with stress hives. (He thought the headaches too were caused by stress). He gave me some prendisone, a 5 day regiment. After 2 days I saw my 'hives' were going away, and I was so much less stressed. By day 5, my last day, I had just a few slight red spots. PHEW. These bad boys are GONE.
That weekend, I took a trip with my partner and I started to notice these 'hives' coming back. Oh no... what is happening, I thought? What am I stressed about!? Ugh!
By the end of that weekend i was covered, worse than I was BEFORE the prendisone. GREAT; what could THIS BE? I convinced myself I had HIV or something more serious. I went back to Urgent Care and the doctor said it could be pityriasis rosea and sent me to a Dermatologist to get that confirmed. 3 days later I got a derm apt and within 15 minutes I was sent out of their office. She said this is a CLASSIC case of pityriasis rosea! She said we have no idea what causes it, but it should clear up after 3 months. She gave me some steroid cream and I went on my way.
THREE to NINE months looking like this? OH NO I thought. OH NO. Like many of you, I went on the internet and started doing my research.
My PR covers my chest and my back, with a few stragglers on my arms and thighs. As of now, (April 26th) they do NOT itch.
My Treatment: (April 26th 2019)
I ordered myself some Prreze Cream off the amazon, as it seems to have some fantastic reviews of having people's PR clear up in 7 days. So I figured, ok 50$, why the hell not? Today, as I write this, will be my FIRST day using Prreeze, I have not noticed much - I can't tell if they are more red, or not. I think they might be. But the makers say that is GOOD. Fingers Crossed!
I also, today, started going tanning at the gym across the street from my office. I did the regular level, not the intense tanning bed level. I went in for 10 minutes today and noticed my rash is slightly more red, just like many of you on the internet say.
I also bought some of the clinical strength head and shoulder relief shampoo, and will be substituting that for my body wash.
Like I said, today is my real FIRST day of my new regiment to combat this disease: Prreze, Tanning & Head and Shoulders.
Please follow my journey here and I will update people of my progress come 5-7 days from now.
PLEASE share YOUR story; I am still not convinced this Prreze cream isn't a scam. But figured why not.
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