(Closed) Pityriasis Rosea

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have it right this minute.  I went to the dermatologist about 2 weeks ago and they gave me a 3 week prescription of antibiotics and some ointment for the spots.  I couldn’t finish the antibiotics, that just gives me yeast infections.  But the good news is it goes away on its own, with or without treatment.  I am really more concerned about it leaving spots on my arms since they will be out for the wedding.  Now that I know what it is, I am doing much better about not scratching it.  The darkest spot is the one on my belly where it all began.  Oh, they also gave me a shot.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had it once in high school. It eventually went away on it’s own but it lasted for over a month. Luckily mine didn’t itch, I heard it can 🙁 I had to tell my boss that I didn’t have hickeys all over my neck because some of the spots could have passed as that! It didn’t bother me at all, just not fun to have considering you really just have to wait it out.  Good luck to you, I hope they go away ASAP!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah I’m a June bee too, man I hope it’s gone by then – I can’t start back up on the antibiotics now since I interrupted the prescribed dosage! Good luck to you!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

oops posted twice.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@souliganprincess:Did your doc confirm the diagnosis of pityriasis rosea? What antibiotic did your derm give you? I’m surprised you were prescribed antibiotics since pityriasis rosea is self limiting-usually goes away on its own, or with topical steroids. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@abbyful

It took 1-2 months. It didn’t just go away for me, it started getting better slowly, by the time it goes away you don’t even really notice it anymore because you get used to seeing it everyday.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ohmygosh, I was just diagnosed with this about a month ago!  I used Mederma and it went away pretty quickly, although it can come back at any time.  Before I went to the doctor, I had outbreaks for months at a time over the year – it was awful.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had it too!  Mine lasted for 2 months or so.  My doctor didn’t give me anything and it just went away on its own.  Exposure to sun helps- I went tanning a few times and it seemed to help a little.  Luckily, mine didn’t itch.  It won’t leave any scars, and it’ll definitely go away slowly.  Good luck!!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had this last year – so yucky!  It took about two months to go away.  It really does have to go away on its own – the good news is that getting it once doesn’t mean you are more prone to it.  I hope it goes away soon!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Hi Ladies

I just wanted to contribute my story on this. I contracted pityriasis rosea 10 days before my wedding day – I still remember the day I came down with it – I had a sore throat, my glands were swollen (felt like I’d been punched in the face) and I felt really tired … plus I had a weird sore on my back – I thought it was a scratch from the tag on my pants or something and didn’t think much of it. A couple of days later I was covered in small spots and the patch on my bag was bigger and grosser. I went to my doctor and she diagnosed me immediately. She gave me a fatty cream and told me not to worry to much but essentially there wasn’t much I could do but try to control the symptoms. I freaked out. Went to a dermatologist and asked if UV treatment would help – he said yes but it is very regimented and because I was travelling for my destination wedding for the next three weeks there would be no point starting the treatment now. He gave me two bigger tubes of a different cream and some penicillin for the throat – he thought it might have triggered the virus so fixing the throat could help the rash. Freak out continues. Had my final wedding dress fitting with a severe attack of the mopes – my patches were everywhere by now (neck, chest, back, arms, creeping down toward my thighs) and were visible in my dress. So – I put a damage control plan in place – here’s what I did.

– no soap, cold showers (I used DermaVeen extra gentle soap free wash)

– used the dermatologist prescribed cream 2x per day – generously and with assistance for hard to reach areas

– took time off work (I was going on leave anyway but took off the time between diagnosis and commencement of leave)

– adopted a “no stress” attitude – rather than paining myself over little issues I decided to let things be and make executive decisions / do what was easiest

– bought myself a strapless bikini top

– spent 10 mins in the morning and 10 mins in the late afternoon in the sun without sunscreen (I was on holiday in Queensland  for most of the time so this was super easy for me – in hindsight v. lucky!)

– swam in the ocean whenever I could (again – lucky to have easy access to it – roughly once or twice a day)

– exposed my skin to the sun for the remainder of the day – with sunscreen (but wearing a hat for extra face protection!)

– took the penicillin as prescribed (3x per day without food)

– had a healthy gluten, alcohol and (mostly) sugar free diet

– avoided exercise / heat / sweating etc

– got a foot / hand / head massage (avoiding affected areas)

I also went to a spa that uses oxygenated water (rather than chlorine / salt) and immersed myself in the cold pool for about 5-10 minutes – the next day the rash had improved markedly. (I didnt use the hot spas obviously).

By the day of my wedding, the rash was almost entirely gone in visible areas and drastically reduced all over my body. The only areas that remained actively affected were the places covered by my bikini and these areas were obviously not visible in my dress. As a bonus, I had a nice natural tan which reduced the contrast between my natural (pale) skin colour and the red lesions, so even the ones that were still a little bit there were barely visible. All remnants of the rash were gone entirely about a week later – meaning I had kicked PR in about 3 weeks total. Again, I was very lucky that I had taken leave from work to go to Queensland for the 9 days before my wedding.

Something else that really helped me at the time was hearing a friend tell me that she knew another bride that had gone through the same thing and it didnt matter because all the lesions were covered by the dress – this gave me hope, which is why I am posting this for any other unfortunate brides out there!

I also had the added comfort of knowing that my strapless dress had a sheer silk chiffon cape (floor length, fastened around the neck), so I knew I could just wear that for the entire wedding if the lesions were super gross and visible on the day. If you cant get rid of it in time, get a cape!

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