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Common Misdiagnosis of Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea is often misdiagnosed

Pityriasis Rosea can often look similar to other, more serious conditions and is often misdiagnosed. It important to get properly diagnosed by a dermatologist. The first herald patch of pityriasis rosea may look very similar in appearance to ringworm (tinea corporis). Pityriasis has also been mistaken with eczema and psoriasis, which can occur as similar scaly patches, but not in the same distribution as pityriasis rosea.

Pityriasis rosea may be misdiagnosed as:

Psoriasis,
Eczema,
Fungal Infection (tinea corporis),
Secondary Syphilis,
Drug Eruption (a diffuse body rash caused commonly by a reaction to a medications like an oral antibiotic),
Fixed Drug Eruption (a single small, circular or oval patch of skin rash caused by taking a medication),
Eityriasis Lichenoides Chronica,
Parapsoriasis,
HIV-Associated Rash,
Folliculitis

Some of these are not serious conditions, but others are, obviously. If you are concerned that one of the more serious STD’s listed above is a possibility, you need to rule those out immediately as they are much more threatening to your health than just an ugly rash. Go to your local testing lab and schedule an appointment. I recommend STD Express for fast STD testing with a 1-3 day turnaround. CLICK HERE for $25 off your choice of panel tests.