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Hi Guys,

Glad that I am not the only one suffering with this (though I seem to have a mild version of it).

I was first diognosed with pityriasis last year and told that there was no specific cure and that it would not re-occur.

However almost exactly a year later it has broken out again! had all the same symptoms; feeling groggy, bit sickly etc then the herald patch appeared (mine looks identical to ring worm) and now my back is covered! javascript:emoticon('sad')

As this is only my second outbreak I can not offer you any solutions to help with the symptoms or the rash. I just wanted to add another comment to the list for anyone els who is suffferine and wondering if a re-occurance is usual.

Hope all is well (soon at least)


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    I was surprised to discover I was having a 2nd round of this, too! I think it was 2 or 3 years ago when I had the first, and thought I'd never get it again (per 'net and doctors), and didn't worry much after it left.

    So, I discovered the herald patch a week ago, thought at first I had skin cancer, then it dawned on me: Oh no... By some accounts we are the 2 percent of people that get it multiple times.

    Both times, not much itching, but I think I do remember feeling somewhat sickly last week. Mostly it's alarming to see whilst changing clothes. Go away, ugly spotty redness! Also, days ago almost had a cold sore pop out on my lip, which never happens.

    I am seeing an acupuncturist tomorrow, will let us know how it goes. It might take days or weeks to see any effect.

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    Well, it's been one week since my first acupuncture treatment (needles only, no herbs). Two weeks since the appearance of the herald patch. I feel great, and the rash and patch are pretty much completely gone.

    Initially (2 or 3 days after first treatment), it all got a little worse, spreading down my arms a bit, and more on my trunk. About 5 days after the treatment I noticed that everything was subsiding, flattening out, less red, etc.

    I'm excited to get another treatment today, but honestly think it will be totally cleared up w/in 2 days regardless. For any doubters: it was a skin problem that made me see an acupuncturist for the first time 15 years ago (chronic acne on jaw/neck that has never returned). It can't \"cure\" every physical problem, of course, but worth a try. Sorry, I don't know how prevalent or good acupuncture may be in the U.K.

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    Please do not let this be round two - I had pityriasis last year and went to the doctor who was amazed and had to get the student doctor in to see if she could 'guess' what I had....

    Anyway - I've found what might be a herald patch again, a dry circular patch about 2 inches from where it was the last time - please god don't let it be round two. It's just soooo frustrating as the doctor wouldn't give me anything and I had it for about 2-3 months, fortunatetly it never went further than the bottom of my neck, but it's horrible! I've just quit smoking as well so you would think my immune system would be better. I don't think I can handle this AGAIN.

    Any tips??!

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    I am a 35 year old female. When I was 19 I discovered a herald patch on my torso and then developed what I am now convinced was P.R. At the time I was given blood tests etc and a steriod cream which I believe helped a little. Over the years I have had the odd outbreak but nothing severe. About a month ago I had a really bad outbreak which I knew would not be healed by the small tube of cream I had - anyway to cut a long story short I came across this forum and I tried washing in the head and shoulders, I also applied sudocrem (nappy rash cream). This I feel has really helped and it has almost disappeared. I have decided to undertake a short course of sunbeds ( something I don't normally do - but I know that as I also suffered from severe excema as a child that the sun can do wonders). I also believe that this is an underlying condition that as triggered when people are either run down or stressed. I think the key is to dry it out and then the rash flattens and eventually fades. Many others have mentioned cold sores funnily enough I have just developed one perhaps the two are connected.
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