Pityriasis Rosea is a dermatological condition wherein the skin breaks out into rashes. The rashes start from the abdominal region in most cases and soon spread into hundreds of rashes all over the body, mostly concentrated in areas like the neck, back, thighs, arms and legs. Most of the time, the symptoms of Pityriasis Rosea are mistaken for ring worm infections due to the oval or fig tree like patches which are pink or brown in colour. Even though there is no pain, the itching could be very disturbing.
If you suspect that you have Pityriasis Rosea, here are the symptoms to do a self diagnosis of the condition and treat accordingly.
1. Herald Spot
Herald spot or Mother spot is the first rash that appears on the skin when you have Pityriasis Rosea. This is often a larger rash than the subsequent rashes that appear on the skin. This spot appears way before, often 2-3 weeks before the other rashes and could be very unsightly with redness, itching and sometimes swelling.
2. Subsequent Spots
Within one week, more rashes appear on various parts of the body. They are mostly oval in shape and pink in colour and smaller than the mother spot. Mostly concentrated on the torso region, back, chest, neck and arms and legs, these rashes last for a month or so.
3. Heat Sensitivity
The rashes that are associated with Pityriasis Rosea are sensitive to heat. Thus, Pityriasis Rosea can aggravate if your body temperature rises due to weather, physical activity or a bath in hot water. Look for such symptoms like aggravation with heat if you suspect Pityriasis Rosea.
Though itching is not a definite symptom associated with Pityriasis Rosea, many people are known to develop severe itching when they have Pityriasis Rosea. No one is sure as to why some people have itching while other don’t.
It could probably be a psychological thing that when you have a rash, you must itch! If there is an itching, it worsens with heat and reduces when the skin in cooled with a cold compress or cold bath.
5. Fatigue And Muscle Pain
This too is not a definite symptom associated with Pityriasis Rosea. But some people experience extreme fatigue and muscle aches when they have this viral skin infection. The pain and fatigue lasts as long as the infection lasts. The fatigue may take a while longer to be rid of. The pain can be dealt with by using OTC pain medications like ibuprofen and Tylenol.
If you have Pityriasis Rosea, you must know that this condition cannot be cured and might disturb you every now and then. But there are many ways by which you can control them through natural treatment methods.