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What is Pityriasis Rosea?

I often get asked to look at rashes and one of them is pityriasis rosea. I always tell people to speak to a GP/pharmacist with any kind of rash. However if a GP has given a diagnosis and then people want to treat a skin issue with a more plant-based and cruelty-free remedy, then they may want to look at my products.

Pityriasis rosea is one of those skin issues that people have never heard of, and often muddle up with eczema. You can find out lots of information about it with a simple google search, and here’s a link to the NHS information.

But, in brief, here’s what you might want to know:

What is Pityriasis rosea?

A viral skin rash that appears over the body, and often has one large circular rash that is the main part or start of it.

Sometimes you may feel unwell before it starts with a headache or higher temperature.

It does look, red, slightly scaly and can be raised, so it does look similar to eczema.

It can also be itchy, which is why it gets confused with eczema.

It’s likely to affect children and young adults.

It will normally last about 12 weeks but could be shorter or longer.

It’s not catching.

It will probably go away on its own.



You may just want to wait for it to go away on its own, but if you need a little relief, you could try my Organic Scratchy Balm.

As Organic Scratchy Balm works on a number of different skin conditions, soothes itches and brings moisture to the skin, and contains only natural plant oils, it’s worth trying on Pityriasis rosea. It won’t do you any harm.

If you are itchy, a chemist anti-histamine may help too.

But please do contact your GP or pharmacist if you have any concerns or if it gets worse. It’s always best to be sure what a skin issue is and not to try and diagnose it yourself. Let me know if you have any questions.


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