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My journey with Pityriasis Rosea has been VERY draining and depressing... I am in my 7th week but I am NO LONGER self-conscious about my skin.

At first, I noticed a small herald patch on my upper thigh and I didn't think anything of it because I thought I probably just cut myself while shaving or something. 1-week passes and I start to get these small, ITCHY, red bumps on my thighs, under my chest, and all over my stomach and back that closely resemble bed bug bites so I contacted pest control and they found nothing. That is when I went to the doctor to be told I have PR.

At first, they were just red bumps that I thought would just go down but then they began to get bigger and darker (I am African American) that made it very visible and ugly... so of course I didn't want to show my body to anyone or even be sexually active with my boyfriend. After they began to get darker,  2 1/2 weeks later they started to look very scaly and dry around the edges of each raised bump and just when I thought no more could come A LOT more appeared... So I tried washing with Head and Shoulders twice a day for two weeks and NO results, I used coconut oil and still NO results, so then when I finally got the chance to go to the beach (because everyone had been saying go tanning) I immediately noticed results they started to flatten out but they were still dry patches. That's when I ran across Prreze. Using this has completely HELPED make most of my Patches disappear or almost there... some of them are gone which left my skin discolored but I promise you it does not look bad and some just disappeared without leaving my skin discolored at all which is GREAT. 

I wish I had gone tanning and got prreze way earlier then I did because they definitely helped sooooo much and I am very thankful! PR will get worst before it gets better but I promise you THEY WILL LEAVE. It has been a very stressful journey but I hope I can make everyone else's journey a lot easier. One thing I wish I had more of were pictures of the stages to help me better understand this!!! So I am going to leave pictures of my stages for anyone who wishes the same thing!

I would say there are 5 stages of Pityriasis Rosea:

S1/Herald Patch: round or oval cluster of red tiny bumps 

S2: Small red bumps that resemble bed bug bites (itchy)

S3: Red bumps begin to get wider and darker (still itchy)

S4: Raised patches become dry and scaly (WORST STAGE)

S5: They begin to disappear 

I hope I helped whoever is struggling with this!!

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    How many weeks to you have the rash? Did you have any flu-like symptoms, chills, shaky, loss of appetite?
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      Since she did not reply, I had PR for 14 months. Yes, it was diagnosed with a biopsy. I had flu like symptoms before the rash started- about a week before. Once it started that went away. Many people report toothaches with no cause. Have you tried Prreze yet? That worked for me, I had no rash after less than a week!
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      With PR for 9 months now, glad to know that after 14 months you are finally clear!! .... Tried prreze for a month, no changes sad. I guess the only thing left is the tanning bed since l leave in a cold weather area and i will stop exercising or any activity that makes me sweat. Any advices help. Thank you.
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