Pityriasis rosea is a common skin disease that manifests as rashes. It is not contagious and most often the rashes disappear by themselves without treatment.Pityriasis Rosea (PR)
is a common, but harmless, skin disease
that manifests as oval-shaped, pink or red rash.
It may affect both sexes, of any age, but is present mostly in individuals between 10-35 years of age
.It is not common in individuals above the age of 60 years, although, if it occurs in them , it tends to last longer.
The condition can appear at any time of the year, nevertheless, it commonly occurs during spring and fall.
A viral agent
is implicated as the causative factor.
The symptoms tend to vary in different individuals but may not recur during a life time.
PR can be diagnosed by a dermatologist
. Sometimes diagnosis can be challenging due to the similarity of these symptoms with other conditions.
Most of the time, Pityriasis rosea does not require treatment
. It tends to go away on its own and usually leaves no scars. It may, sometimes, leave a brown -colored pigmentation in dark -skinned individuals.Oval-shaped, pink or red rash typical of Pityriasis rosea.