The rash usually starts with a large pink or tan oval area on the chest, stomach, or back. This patch (herald patch) is usually followed by smaller pink or tan patches elsewhere on the body. They usually show up on the back, neck, arms, and legs. The scaly rash usually begins to heal on its own in 4 to 6 weeks and will go away by 14 weeks.
Below are other common symptoms of pityriasis rosea. But each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of pityriasis rosea may look like other skin conditions or health problems. Always talk with your child’s healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment for pityriasis rosea is to relieve symptoms such as itching. The rash will resolve on its own. Treatment will be decided by your child’s healthcare provider based on how bad the rash is. Treatment may include:
Pityriasis rosea is a mild skin rash that will get better on its own. You should call your child’s healthcare provider if:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: