Recently diagnosed with pityriasis rosea

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I've recently been diagnosed with PR after visiting the doctors after having the patches for around 5/6 weeks.

I have read through lots of posts on here and after seeing everyone has to say, I have started using Head & Shoulders shampoo as a body wash, applying coconut oil and using sunbeds.

I was just wandering if anybody has any other advice on how to get rid of PR?

Fortunately it isn't itchy or uncomfortable, but it is all over my body and it's quite unsightly sad

Many thanks!

PS, I am based in the UK smile

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    I did tanning beds (medium strength) @ 5/6 treatments within 2 weeks.

    Made a homemade body butter of 1 part coconut oil, 1 part cocoa butter (the real stuff) and 1/4 part olive oil. Melted it all together, put in fridge until slightly firm/opaque then whipped it with a hand mixer until smooth. Put in jar and use daily. This body butter was great for moisturizing and helped to fade scars.

    The head and shoulders shampoo didn't work for me.

    I was also prescribed erythromycin 14 days to stop new lesions from developing.

    I know it's annoying but it will end...chin up ;-)

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    Hi Ay123, I yesterday got diagnosed with PR. This is the second time I have had it. Last time was about four years ago. I was covered from head to toe, feeling very tired and itchy. This time I am just experiencing the itching with a small patch of rash.

    I have been reading your comments and all have been really helpful. I am going to try the moisturiser.

    The doctor has given me steroid cream. Does anyone use it?

    I am also based in the UK. I am awaiting the rash as this is due to follow within the next week.

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      Hi E84,

      I didn't try a steroid cream so I'm not sure about them. The doctor did give me a heavy moisturiser to use for any itching but I only used it once or twice as I didn't get a lot of itching.

      However the remedies I have been using have worked amazingly. My patches have faded and are no longer red, dry or scaly. The small patches are almost completely gone, and the large herald patch now looks like a birthmark slightly darker than my skin colour, and it is continuing to fade.

      I believe the combination of Head & Shoulders, coconut oil and using sunbeds has really helped. I've been using the products every day for about a month and using a sunbed 1-2 times a week.

      I'd really recommend trying it! I never thought they would go away but the results have been amazing :-)

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      Thank you ay123,

      Your advice has been really good. I shall start using head and showers. I will also try the moisturiser. Am up for anything really as just so irritating. It's really nice to be able to talk to someone else who has it and also hear remedies for it.

      I have been reading lots on it since yesterday.

      Thanks again for the advice.


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      Hi my herald spot appeared 3 weeks ago and soon followed by the really itchy rash I used just eurax cream and oral antihistamine yesterday I noticed my upper thigh had swollen but also noticed the spots began to pop today it appears the rash has begannits retreat the itching has almost gone I really hope I do not get it again its left me very tired through lack of sleep and very distressed
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      Hi Adam,

      Sounds so horrible. I did try antihystermine but made no difference. I am going to try head and shoulders tomorrow.

      I also checked about the Latin name of this and it just means red rash.

      I have little bits of rashes coming up just the itching is driving me mad.

      I have tried hibi scrub and this seems to soothe the skin so going to use some in shower tomorrow. I hope your rash goes away soon. Em

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    Hi guys,

    I am just like you suffering from what I think is PR given the signs and symptoms of this condition, specially the " christmas tree " distribution of rashes at my back.

    Does anyone have rashes in their scalp and face as well? Are your rashes swollen too?

    Coz I do, my body is covered in rash from head to toe!!!....and the difficult thing for me to comprehend is that neither my GP nor the Dermatologist have no definite diagnosis of my condition.....which is really frustrating and so upsetting!!! I have given them my thoughts that it might be PR but then they dismissed the probability. Instead, I was given antihistamine and Eurax same medications I was given during the first month i had the way I had the condition for almost 4 months now.....The previous rashes have faded but left some discoloration and new ones are appearing every now and then. Have you guys, tried omitting anything from your diet? which you think contributes or makes the condition worst than it already is?

    I will try Head and Shoulder as well as the home made butter.

    Thank you everyone.....Hope we'll have a definite remedy/cure for this condition.


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