Pityriasis Rosea Care Instructions

Pityriasis Rosea: After Your Child's Visit

Your Care Instructions

Pityriasis rosea is a harmless skin rash. It usually starts as one scaly, reddish-pink spot on the stomach or back. Days or weeks later, more spots appear. The rash may itch, but it will not spread to other people.

No one knows what causes pityriasis rosea. Some doctors believe it is a reaction to a virus.

Pityriasis rosea is most common in children and young adults. It lasts 1 to 3 months and then goes away on its own. Medicine can help relieve any itching.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • If the doctor gave your child a prescription medicine, use it exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think your child is having a problem with his or her medicine.
  • Expose your child's skin to small amounts of sunlight, but avoid sunburn. Sunlight can lessen the rash.
  • Use a mild soap, such as Dove or Cetaphil, when you wash your child's skin.
  • Try an oatmeal bath. Wrap 1 cup of oatmeal in a cotton cloth and boil it as if you were cooking it. Use this as a sponge when your child bathes. Or give your child a bath with an anti-itch soap such as Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal soap. But keep in mind that a hot bath or shower may make the rash more visible and itchy.
  • Use an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream for small itchy areas.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child's whole body itches, but there is no obvious rash or other cause.
  • The itching is so bad that your child cannot sleep.
  • Your home treatment does not help.
  • The skin is badly broken from scratching.
  • Your child has signs of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
    • Red streaks near the rash.
    • Pus draining from the rash.
    • A fever.
  • You see the rash on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child does not get better as expected.

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