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Who is most at risk for pityriasis rosea?

The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown. Pityriasis rosea is most common in teens and young adults. It is also most common in the spring and fall.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

People of all ages, genders, and races can get it, but it is most common in teens and young adults.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Anyone can develop pityriasis rosea, but certain groups appear to be more at risk. Pityriasis rosea produces a skin rash that can appear anywhere on the body and sometimes takes the shape of a Christmas tree on a person's back. Dermatologists have observed that pityriasis rosea is more common in people ages 10 to 35. Pregnant women also have an increased risk for pityriasis rosea. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about pityriasis rosea.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Pityriasis is most often seen in young adults, though it can occur in people of all ages.


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