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What increases my risk for pityriasis rosea?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Pityriasis rosea is not sexist or racist, meaning it affects men and women of any race equally. However, it is more common among teens and young adults than any other age group. Other than that, there’s nothing that puts you at a higher risk for developing pityriasis rosea.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The cause of pityriasis is unknown, though it may be tied to a virus. There is no indication that the condition is contagious, and no risk factors have been identified.


The risk of getting pityriasis rosea is slightly increased in women. Pregnancy also appears to raise the risk. Age also affects your risk-it is higher for those ages 10 to 35, especially teens and young adults. The occurrence of pityriasis rosea is also higher in the fall and spring.

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