Pityriasis Rosea please help

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It started off with the herald patch on my chest quite large, I wasn't worried and thought it was an allergic reaction to something. To be safe I went to the pharmacy who said it was a fungal infection and he gave me cream. After applying this for a week with no difference I went to my doctor who also said it was a fungal infection and gave me different cream. After another 2 weeks there was no difference and it had started to spread on my chest, it is now all over my body particularly bad on my chest, back, stomach and neck. Im so scared it is going to spread to my face. I have tried head & sholders once and their was no discomfort or burning pain, I was dissapointed because I thought that would at least be a sign of it working. It did fade them slightly for an hour but that was it. I am going to buy some vitamin C and cocoa butter tomorrow in the hopes of getting rid of this horrible thing, it is so itchy and ugly. I am 22, my diet is quite bad and I never drink any water, im wondering if this is what caused it as my immune system is low. I am also highly stressed after lots of tragedy in my life & am currently off work with stress. I have read that a lot of people's has came on after stress. I really need to get rid of this and was wondering if anyone had any solution to the problem? sad

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    Its horrid.  I tried everything, went to GP and local herbal shop, were I spent a small fortune on creams and pills.

    Try Olive leaf pills,try drunking tons of water, get lots of rest.  I wasnt stressed before but became stressed with rash.  Then after 4 weeks, it just calmed down! Its now been 5 weeks and marks have almost totally disappeared, only left me with dry skin.   I had it in hair, on face, my neck being the worse.  I had tears and got to the point i wouldnt go out.  But it just stopped!  its very odd.

    Your doing the right thing, and it WILL go I promise.  Chin up.  Try and eat better and drink water!  keep it moisured to help with itching, and exfoliate the skin everyday (not too harsh as you dont want to break skin)

    good luck x

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    i feel your pain. i am currently dealing with this ive had the hearalds patch for about 3 weeks and then woke up one more and next thing i know my whole chest was covered with it. i was told at first it was ring worm and thought to myself im gonna kill this i went out and bought 91% alcohol! nice! surprising it didnt burn and it looked like it might have worked but then about 3 hours later it was back and very angry. 

        the next two days considering i have anxiety i was medicated to stop from thinking everyone in my house was going to get ringworm i had gotten a horrible optical migraine (i wear glasses) and i had to go to the ER. when i got there the life saver doctor did just that he hooked me up with some stuff to get rid of my headache so i could think. When i was finally able to talk without my head banging he has asked me if i got my rash checked out. i said yes i have ringworm he turned to me and said ummm no thats not ringworm, it something we call the "christmas tree rash" or PR. i said oh ive had this before (when i was 13 years old i rememeber the crazy name) i said ok life saver give me some stuff and lets get rid of this. He said there is nothing. 

     Well what do u mean? i look like a freak! how in the world am i going to deal with this. he says to calm down and not stress. Yea ok as if that easy. ( i take prescribed medication for my anxiety)

        the monday foloowing i went back to my doctor and said that this is often confused with ringworm because it was only the herald patch.. well lady! so needless to say i understand ur suffering.

    At the current moment i have it on my neck, chest,abdomen,and back i swear it it goes to my face i will scream. i have tried svereal things. Clinical strenth selsun blue- burned!, alcohol- temperary releif, tea tree condition( yes for your hair) i spread it all over my chest- it calm down quit a bit. hydrocoritzone cream- itch relief. but for the most part this is going to have to do its thing.. but hang in there it does go away. EVENTUALLY! will post with any updates

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    Hi thanks for your comments and advice. After a month I think I am finally nearly rid of PR! For me I think a combination of things worked, I continued using head and shoulders im not sure this actually helped though, I took vitamin C daily and went on the sunbed 3 times, twice for 6 mins and once for 4 mins, this didnt seem to make a significant difference. I think what has worked for me was using oiltum moisturiser, this really stopped the itching and seemed to fade it completley! This may seem weird but I think the main cure for my PR was getting a spray tan, before the spray tan my marks were still red and itchy but after the spray tan they became smooth and faded to White. They are still there but have completley faded and are white instead of red with no itching. I also went back to the doctor and he prescribed me with Itraconazole capsules for 7 days. Im getting another spray tan on Friday and I'm continuing to use the oilatum, finishing my tablets and taking the vitamin C. Im hoping it will be completley gone soon! So im not sure what worked for me or if it was a combination of these things, I also believe that stopping stressing helped me. Hope this can help somebody out there!
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    Hi Kate, Im Gail from Philippines and Im also dealing with this skin rash for a year now and it is so frustrating. sad I've been using Head and Shoulder cool menthol (i dont know if this is the one you used before) for 2 weeks now but the red dot is multiplying and become more itchy I also using Cetaphil moisturizing lotion now. . Im planning to try the sunbed now, hope it will help in my case. sad
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