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What do I need to know about caring for someone with pityriasis rosea?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
It is important to know that pityriasis rosea is not a contagious rash. The itching that accompanies it can be severe, so anti-itch measures like calamine lotion or zinc oxide are helpful. Sunlight, including artificial sunlight, is also known to help. The disease will resolve by itself with no treatment in one to three months, with no harmful lasting effects.

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