Welcome to Atlantic Dermatology located in Wilmington, North Carolina. I’m Dr. Crane, I’m a board certified dermatologist, and I’m here to talk about Pityriasis Rosea. Pityriasis Rosea is a condition that pops up usually just once in your life, so at least you don’t have to deal with it on multiple occasions and it’s a rash. You might have a sore throat or a little bit of an infection, then threefour weeks later next thing you know you pop up with a spot that looks like a fungus or a ringworm. And it will be first be noticed.
By a single circular area. It might be a circular red area on your chest, for example, or on your back, and that we call the Herald Patch. And the next thing you know, you got a lot of smaller spots that sometimes will follow your skin lines around the belly, around your backshoulders, and it looks almost like lots of little spots of fungus popping up on you. Sometimes it itches, sometimes it doesn’t. Now lets say you have this rash that pops up on you if you do nothing whatsoever about it, many a times it goes away in six to eight.
Weeks, but in dark skinned patients it may leave spots dark spots, dark circular areas and you want to get rid of it because it may itch or it may bother you or you just don’t like the looks of it, then topical steroid creams are often helpful. So you go, you see your dermatologist, often they’ll prescribe you something like Triamcinolone cream or sometimes even Prednisone by mouth. And if you start in on a topical steroid or the Prednisone by mouth, you’ll often watch the rash disappear in a matter of three or four days or so, and.