When should I go back to the doctor about my pityriasis rosea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You may want to consult with your doctor if you develop itching as a side effect of pityriasis rosea. No one is sure what causes this condition, which produces a distinctive skin rash. Some people who have pityriasis rosea develop itching, which can be severe. Your doctor may be able to prescribe treatments that relieve itching associated with pityriasis rosea.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

There are a few situations that require a return visit to your doctor.

  1. If your rash worsens; this can mean becoming brighter, spreading more, etc.
  2. If the rash looks infected, starts oozing, heats up, or causes you to feel bad or have a fever
  3. If the rash changes colors
  4. If it’s been three months and the rash still hasn’t gone away.
And the sooner you sound the alarm, the better if you are concerned.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If your pityriasis rosea rash doesn't go away over time, or if your symptoms worsen, you should go back to your physician.

Once a person has been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea, the usual course is to take care of the itching and wait for it to go away. Occasionally, the symptoms will persist or change in an unusual way. If the rash hasn't gone away in 12 weeks or so, you should have it checked by a doctor. Also, if the rash area is very large and flaky, you'll want to go back to the doctor.

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