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Pityriasis Rosea

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Pityriasis rosea (PR) is a papulosquamous eruption of unknown etiology. A viral pathogenesis has been proposed but is unproven. It resolves spontaneously, thus treatment usually is not required. Atypical cases may be caused by medications (PR-like drug eruption), especially gold. Secondary syphilis must be excluded.

First Steps

  1. As the condition is self-limited, the option of simple emollient therapy and antihistamines such as hydroxyzine
    10-50 mg nightly should be considered.
  2. Mid- to high-potency topical steroids applied twice daily may improve pruritus.
  3. For severe cases, erythromycin 250 mg 4 times daily for 7-10 days may lead to improvement.
  4. Narrowband UVB phototherapy can be effective for pruritus caused by PR.

Subsequent Steps

For severe cases of PR with pruritus uncontrolled by the above approaches, consider prednisone 1 mg/kg/day for 5-7 days, and taper over 2-3 weeks.


Failing to diagnose secondary syphilis or a drug eruption resembling PR is of most concern.

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