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Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

We don’t really know. Since no one knows what causes it exactly, we don’t know if it can be prevented. We know that you can’t get it by touching someone with the rash and it is not caused by a bacteria or fungus. Most experts have a hunch that it’s caused by a virus (maybe a herpes virus), but no one is 100% sure yet. The good news is if you get it once, you will probably never get it again.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Because the root cause of pityriasis rosea is not known, it is difficult to point to any way to prevent the condition.


There is no known cause for pityriasis rosea, and there are no preventative measures. It is more common in teens and young adults and seems to occur more often in women. The itchy rash from pityriasis rosea goes away on its own.

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