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What are the treatment options for pityriasis rosea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Pityriasis rosea is a rash that usually goes away on its own in a month or two. Most treatments are aimed at alleviating the itching that accompanies the rash. Some treatments you can do yourself, like over-the-counter lotions for itching, oatmeal baths, and exposing the rash to sunlight. Sometimes steroid creams or antihistamines may help the itching, too. You doctor may also prescribe antiviral medicine.

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