Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Pityriasis Rosea Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Pityriasis rosea is a condition characterized by a series of rashes on the chest, back, and abdomen. Pityriasis rosea is thought to be the result of a viral infection and normally affects people between the ages of 10 and 35. Clear Lake Dermatology can diagnose and treat cases of pityriasis rosea in patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area.
One of the first signs of pityriasis rosea is the appearance of a “herald patch.” This patch is typically round or oval-shaped and light pink in color. It can be anywhere from two to four inches in diameter and may have raised edges or borders. A few days after the herald patch appears, several other patches suddenly appear on various areas of the body. These subsequent rashes often have the appearance of a Christmas tree and may be itchy or scaly.
Pityriasis Rosea Treatment
Upon examination, our doctors may perform some basic tests to rule out other conditions. Similar rashes can occur in cases of ringworm or in people who are infected with syphilis. One of the more common methods of diagnosis is a KOH test. This test involves applying potassium hydroxide to skin cells and then examining them through a microscope. If a fungus is present, it will be visible to our doctors at this time. Although pityriasis rosea is not harmful or contagious, correct diagnosis is important to rule out more serious problems.
Pityriasis rosea normally goes away on its own after a few weeks. Even so, some patients may need topical medications to help them alleviate symptoms such as burning, itching, and tenderness. Our doctors can prescribe a topical ointment for patients who are suffering intense effects from this condition. Home remedies such as oatmeal baths are also effective in many cases.