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How can I alleviate itching from pityriasis rosea without medication?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Warm oatmeal baths (you won’t need a spoon!), wearing non-irritating clothing (like that scratchy wool sweater your grandmother made for you), using mild soaps and lotions, or anti-itch creams like calamine lotion can help relieve the itching from a pityriasis rosea rash. Also, when you bathe (in oatmeal or not), try to avoid extreme temperatures. Luke-warm water is the best choice.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Over-the-counter creams may help alleviate itching from pityriasis rosea, but you should consult your physician.


The most problematic symptom of pityriasis rosea is the itching, which can get quite extreme. No matter what causes your itching, there are some basic skin care guides that can help without using medication. Bathe in warm water, not hot, and don't overuse the soap. When drying your skin, softly pat it instead of rubbing it. Keep your skin hydrated by applying a lotion with no colors or scents added.

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