Pityriasis Roseaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-pityriasisRosea-enHD-AR1.jpgThis harmless rash often forms a telltale "Christmas tree" pattern on the back that makes it easy to identify.rash, welt, welts, rashes, spot, spots, mark, marks, mother, daughter, herald, patch, raised skin, red, itchy, scaly, itch, scale, skin, christmas, christmas tree pattern, pityriasis rosea, pitriasis, pityiasis, rashes, roseola, hives, patches, hive, break out, erupt01/20/201209/16/201909/16/2019Julio E. Pajaro, MD01/07/2019d0c373f7-f75c-41cc-a0e2-32e6ee165c1ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pityriasis-rosea.html/<h3>What Is Pityriasis Rosea?</h3> <p>Pityriasis rosea (pit-ih-RYE-uh-sis ROE-zee-uh) is a harmless temporary skin condition that's common in older kids and teens. This pink or gray scaly skin rash can last for 4 to 8 weeks &mdash; or, sometimes, months. The rash usually starts with one big patch on the chest, abdomen, thighs, or back that's often mistaken for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fungal-ringworm.html/">ringworm</a>.</p> <p>As the rash spreads, the original patch is joined by a number of smaller spots that spread out across the torso. In some cases, the spots spread to the arms and legs (however, it usually doesn't appear on the palms or soles). The spots can be slightly itchy.</p> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/PityriasisRoseaPR-A-enIL.jpg" alt="illustration" name="5365-PITYRIASISROSEAPR_A_ENIL.JPG" /></p> <p>Pityriasis rosea is not contagious. Although sometimes the spots take a while to fade completely, most kids have no lasting traces of the rash after it's healed.</p> <h3>What Causes Pityriasis Rosea?</h3> <p>Doctors aren't really sure what causes pityriasis rosea. Some think it's caused by a virus, but this hasn't been proved.</p> <p>Pityriasis rosea is more likely to show up in the spring and fall.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosea?</h3> <p>Most kids and teens who get pityriasis rosea have no warning signs. Others can have flu-like symptoms (a sore throat, swollen glands, headaches, or feel tired) a few days before the rash appears.</p> <p>The rash itself usually starts with one large spot, called the <strong>herald patch</strong> or "mother" patch, which can appear anywhere on the skin but usually is on the chest, abdomen, back, or thighs. This patch can be raised and may feel scaly. In people with light skin, the patch is pink or red. People with darker skin can see a variety of colors, from violet to brown to gray.</p> <p>The herald patch might be the only sign of this condition for up to 2 to 3&nbsp;weeks. As the rash grows, however, smaller spots (called "daughter" spots) can appear across the torso and on the arms and legs. The spots look almost identical on both sides of the body. These small patches are usually oval shaped and often form a pattern on the back that looks like a Christmas tree.</p> <h3>How Is Pityriasis Rosea Diagnosed?</h3> <p>To diagnose pityriasis rosea, the doctor will examine your child's skin to look for the telltale signs of the rash. Sometimes doctors gently scrape off a few scales from the rash to examine under the microscope to rule out other possible causes, like ringworm or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/psoriasis.html/">psoriasis</a>.</p> <h3>How Is Pityriasis Rosea Treated?</h3> <p>Most cases of pityriasis rosea go away in 1 to 2 months without any treatment. Some cases can be as short as 2 weeks, while others can last for 3 months or longer.</p> <p>When pityriasis rosea does need treatment, it's usually just to control the itching. Over-the-counter itch creams or allergy syrups can help, and so can oatmeal baths.</p> <p>In some cases, just getting a moderate amount of sunlight can help improve the rash and the itching. If your child uses this form of therapy, make sure he or she is protected from sunburn, which can sometimes make a rash worse.</p> <p>Light therapy might be prescribed for cases where the itching is really bothersome. Usually, this involves ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy and is done by a dermatologist.</p>Pitiriasis rosadaLa pitiriasis rosada es una afección cutánea pasajera e inofensiva que es frecuente en los niños mayores y en los adolescentes. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/pityriasis-rosea-esp.html/1e0017a4-ac41-43fd-adbb-15309e21995d
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Eczema can be an itchy nuisance and cause scratching that makes the problem worse. Many kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/085769a4-1f01-4f26-9de9-24cb82c71c30
Erythema MultiformeBy the looks of the "bulls-eye" marks this rash leaves on the skin, you might think it's cause for concern. But erythema multiforme clears up on its own within a few weeks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/erythema-multiforme.html/db4a728e-f899-4989-a6cd-16b20f698866
Erythema ToxicumErythema toxicum is a common rash seen in full-term newborns. No treatment is needed and it goes away on its own.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/erythema-toxicum.html/7909189e-4070-48f4-a843-af7124c3d7f6
First Aid: RashesSometimes rashes are only a minor annoyance. Other times, they are more serious and require medical treatment. Here's what to do if your child has a rash.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rashes-sheet.html/b20f177c-afbf-49de-b9ea-2ad76cf5d132
Hives (Urticaria)Has your child broken out in welts? It could be a case of the hives. Learn how to soothe itchy bumps and help your child feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hives.html/5e85e905-de3c-4c9a-829a-566f37d712a5
Pityriasis RoseaPityriasis rosea is a pink or gray skin rash that's common in teens and young adults. It may itch, but it's harmless. Find out what to do about it in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pityriasis.html/ce7d20b3-06a1-43b4-9bee-cf7505c8c391
kh:age-teenThirteenToNineteenkh:age-youngAdultEighteenPluskh:clinicalDesignation-dermatologykh:genre-articlekh:primaryClinicalDesignation-dermatologySkin Infections & Rasheshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/infections/skin/5aeb606d-89ae-4a7c-b37c-880aee453419https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/PityriasisRoseaPR-A-enIL.jpg