Gentle bathing, mild lubricants or creams, or mild hydrocortisone creams may be used to soothe irritation.
Antihistamines taken by mouth may be used to reduce itching. You can buy antihistamines at the store without a prescription.
Moderate sun exposure or ultraviolet (UV) light treatment may help make the rash go away more quickly. However, you must be careful to avoid sunburn.
Pityriasis rosea usually goes away within 6 to 12 weeks. It doesn't usually come back.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of pityriasis rosea.
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Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.