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Can pityriasis rosea have complications?

Pityriasis rosea can have complications, but they are rare and not dangerous. In addition to the common symptom of itching, the rash can also develop into extreme itching. This extreme itching can be treated with corticosteroids or other prescription-strength medicine. Another complication can be darkening of the spots of the rash that persists on dark skin after the rash has disappeared.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

There are only two complications associated with pityriasis rosea and they are quite rare. One is severe itching. We mean severe -- worse than the itch you get when you wear that scratchy sweater your grandmother knit for you (sorry Grandma!). The other complication is a light or dark spot that stays on your skin even after the rash has healed. Other than that, you’ve got nothin’ to worry about.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Other than severe itching and the potential for a long-lasting rash, there are no long-term complications associated with pityriasis rosea.


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