Pytiriasis rosea is a very common dermatic ailment which is mostly located on the torso and limbs and afflicts individuals mainly from 10 to 35 years of age and particularly women. It is attributed to HSV7 virus and is not contagious. Individuals who have been ill do not relapse since they have developed antibodies and have acquired permanent immunity.
It manifests itself in an oval rash patch of pink-reddish colour covered with scales and less often with boils. In the center, the skin is thinner and wrinkled.
The primary manifestation of the ailment may become apparent on whichever part of the body but mostly on areas covered by shirts, light blouses and short pants. Most often afflicted areas are the neck, chest, abdomen, back and thighs.
When the individual develops itching it is recommended for him/her to avoid hot bath and it is better if he/she uses special soaps without sponge and rubbing in general. Intense physical exercise should be avoided if it aggravates the rash.
In cases when itching does not coexist, the rash subsides gradually without treatment within 3-8 weeks or more (rarely more than two months). Summer sun, in particular, enhances light damages to subside.
The use of cortisone based medications is sometimes prescribed and it is a very effective treatment, able to hinder the natural course of the ailment.