Welcome to Pityriasis Rosea Pictures Dot Net

If you’ve found this site…you likely have had the misfortune of  contracting our lovely, skin rash, friend that is Pityriasis Rosea.  You probably have several questions and are looking for some answers.  This site should give you a bit of information on Pityriasis Rosea and how to alleviate its symptoms…read on!

You may be asking yourself…

“What is Pityriasis Rosea?”
We have an entire page detailing this mysterious skin condition…just click the “What is Pityriasis Rosea” link above.

“Do I have Pityriasis Rosea?”
Your best bet, of course, is to consult a dermatologist and get properly diagnosed which will usually require a biopsy. Pityriasis Rosea has some pretty recognizable characteristics though, so you should be able to spot it when you see it.  Most mistake the originating “Herald Patch” as ringworm…only to be covered in ring-like patches all over within a week or two. About 70% of people have upper respiratory infections (sore/scratchy throat and/or cough) a week or two prior to getting Pityriasis Rosea which would indicate something more than just a coincidence. Take a browse through our “Pityriasis Rosea Pictures” gallery by clicking the link above.  If your rash resembles those examples…chances are you’re also a victim.

However, not to alarm you…but, second stage syphilis looks similar, so it is always a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor and get some testing done if Syphilis is a possibility (only you can answer that question).  PR will go away eventually on its own, but Syphilis is something you DO NOT want to ignore. If you have been sexually active prior to showing these symptoms…stop having sex and get checked for syphilis at your local county clinic or blood testing facility immediately!

“How did I get Pityriasis Rosea?”
This truly is the million dollar question.  Doctors really don’t know how it is contracted or where it comes from.  Some doctors believe it is introduced to the body by a viral/bacterial infection and is somehow linked to human herpesvirus 7, but the verdict is still out. HHV7 was found in all cases during clinical studies of PR. Don’t worry, over 95% of people have been infected and are immune to HHV-7.

“Is Pityriasis Rosea contagious?”
It is not contagious, though there have been reports of small epidemics in fraternity houses, military bases, schools and gyms. I had Pityriasis Rosea for over 6 months and was with my girlfriend the entire time. We were intimate the whole time during my stint with this funky rash and she never got so much as a red splotch. I know I looked like I had the plague, so it took some convincing, but she was a trooper and never showed any signs or symptoms of PR. It’s viral and internal, so cannot be spread from just skin contact. Although, the close quarter “epidemics” mentioned above do raise questions.

“How do I get rid of Pityriasis Rosea?”
Another million dollar question.  Check out the information at the “PR Treatments & Remedies” link above.

“Am I alone with this funky rash?”
Absolutely not! The overall prevalence of pityriasis rosea in the United States has been estimated to be 0.13% in men and 0.14% in women.  It most commonly occurs between the ages of 10 and 35.  Feel free to visit the “PR Support” tab above to connect with others that are currently dealing with outbreaks or have in the past.  Also, scroll down to the comments sections on each page for personal stories from others that are dealing with PR.  Awareness is key and connecting with others who are dealing with this horrible rash helps immensely.  You can learn how others cope with PR and find out how they alleviate symptoms. Until there is a magic shot/pill/vaccine…sharing personal accounts of what works to mitigate the rash is our best bet.

If you don’t mind sharing your PR story and pictures, I’d love to add it to the site in order to help others dealing with this monster.  Please send me your story and I’ll add it to the site below.  Don’t worry…you will remain anonymous: contact@pityriasis-rosea.net

The bottom line is…

PR is not contagious.
PR can reoccur…but, only for about 2% of people.
PR will not kill or hurt you…it can certainly embarrass you, however.
PR will go away on its own [eventually] if you do nothing.  How long that takes can vary quite a bit, however.

My stint of Pityriasis Rosea lasted 6 months, unfortunately.  There are ways to speed up the recovery process.
Click the “PR Treatment & Remedies” link at the top of the page for your best course of action to kick this awful rash as quickly as possible. Hang in there…it’ll be over before you know it.

17 Responses to “Welcome to Pityriasis Rosea Pictures Dot Net”

  1. Sam says:

    I have had this on and off since I was a child I am now 38 and it is all over my back and creeping along the neck. I have tried dozens of creams which work for a while then it seems to vanish but it always comes back much worse than before. I eat right but I have three kids and hold a full time job so stress is a constant companion. GPS have just given me creams but none kill the darn thing off completely . Arrrgghh

  2. rose says:

    Last week I developed a large oval rash my chest. It’s been hot and I thought it was a heat rash but had never seen such a distinct shaped rash like this. Now I am developing a itchy back rash. I have been achey and had headaches. So I went online and found pictures and this site and the oval patch looks just like a herald patch. I have no health insurance so I can’t get it checked out for sure but at least now I am pretty certain what it is. Thank you for this site.

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Yup…sounds like classic symptoms of PR, Rose. Hang in there. Hope you found good information here. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  3. Karen Franklin says:

    I had PR, and now that it’s gone, I have a lot of dark spots. Is their anything you can use for the dark spots that was left by the PR on my shoulder and neck.

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Depending on your skin complexion, the spots might take longer to fade. Darker complexion usually takes twice as long for the spots to fade, unfortunately. But, they should fade completely with time. Apply Vitamin E and coconut oil to the affected areas and just wait it out. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  4. Thanks for putting up this site, it has answered so many questions over the last year. I am now 73 and a swimming teacher so am in the water with bare arms and legs for thirteen hours a week.
    It all started last March (2012) with itching and redness on both forearms. Then all of a sudden I got signature patches on the tops of both feet – would have thought it ringworm without this site. From there one ankle got badly affected – all sites were very red (especially in the water) and very noticeable.
    Fortunately I only had a few individual itchy spots on the trunk – but they certainly itched!
    Once I knew what it was from this site, I was able to explain and I continued teaching.
    A whole year on, the redness is slowly disappearing but more importantly, the itching is all but gone after a year of hell – just the occasional individual spot these days.
    There was no way I could cover it up so I just ignored it when teaching in the water (a bonus was that it didn’t itch in the water!) – and continued normally.
    I didn’t feel ill at any stage and I certainly don’t have a stressful lifestyle – so I am just pleased it is on the way out at last. Thanks again for this site 🙂

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Jim. So glad you found some useful information here. Your symptoms are longer than usual, but glad they’re clearing up for you. I know how frustrating this condition is…I feel for you, man. Thanks again for sharing. Good health to you, sir.

  5. blueeyes says:

    I have pityriasis rosea for the last 7 weeks, I have been taking my acyclovir 1 to 2 800 mg a day and have found that it reduces the symptoms. it is believed that pityriasis rosea is caused by a virus, and since the acycovir is used in treating virual conditions like shingles, shingles is the remance of the chicken pox virus. I hope this helps,

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Correct. PR has been linked to the HHV6 & HHV7 virus, so an antiviral might actually help with symptoms. However, since you’ve had PR for 7 weeks, my initial reaction is that taking the acyclovir might just be coincidental with your PR clearing up on its own. Most people only have the symptoms for around 8 weeks. Could you let us know how long you’ve been taking the antiviral and did you notice any relief of symptoms immediately after taking it?

      Thanks for the heads up, regardless…this may be something worth looking into. Did your doctor recommend this?

  6. Sandy says:

    My 13yr old boy was diagnosed with PR just 2 weeks ago, and it’s not looking any better. We’ve tried many creams for the FACE where it seems to have hit him the hardest, his face skin feels so ROUGH that I don’t see it going back to normal after all this clears up , if it ever does. Is there anything else anyone has tried in terms of foods to avoid? we were told to expose him to sun light the uv rays are good for this, but hence bad for skin burns which seem to dry out his skin so so much. His has spread to his neck, chest and belly it’s been about 2.2 weeks and it’s down to his abdomen slowly moving downward it looks like and just started showing on his hands. Today his eyelids seemed more swollen than usual. Any advise here will help. I used coconut oil on him for moisturizing his face a bit, that did not burn him like other creams, that oil and chapstick work for moisturizing without a burning sensation the rest of the products seem to give him.

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Poor kiddo. So sorry to hear it, Sandy. As long as he doesn’t scratch excessively to the point of bleeding/scarring…I assure you his face will look normal again in time. It sounds like you’re doing the right things…it just takes time as PR seems to go away when it’s ready. Just do what you can to mitigate the itch and redness. Tell him to hang in there and keep assuring him that he WILL be normal again. Thanks for sharing, Sandy.

  7. Barbara says:

    My husband is a young 85.. always exersized and took care of his health….he has had this pityriasis now 1 year in this past April.. It is terrible.. he had a rash that looked like prickly heat then it turned to a rash that looked like ringworm, that’s gone now the poor guy has what the Dr’s call old age spots on both his arms.. the skin is so thin that his the spots will open and bleed. they are all over his both arms.. I know this is caused by this horrible pityriasis… dermataligist and 2 primary Drs. have not helped him 14 months and he is so drained and so am I no one seems to be able to help him only me.. and I don’t know how to anymore..nothing seems to help… Is ther anyone who has the red blue and purple spots on their arms that bleed?

    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Hate to hear it, Barbara. Your husband’s case sounds terribly uncomfortable. The only bleeding I’ve heard of is usually from excessive scratching of the rash. Has he actually been diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea or have you concluded that’s what he has?

  8. Jenny says:


    • PityriasisRoseaPictures.net says:

      Sorry to hear it about the little guy, Jenny. It’s really hard to say without seeing the rash but, your description does sound like it could be Pityriasis Rosea. Did the initial bump/rash resemble ringworm, perhaps? And, did he experience any kind of upper respiratory issues (sore throat, cough, strep throat) prior to you noticing the rash? Most people that come down with PR experience some kind of respiratory issues a week or two before the rash pops up.

  9. ST3 says:

    hard to say, really. it’s different for everyone. just try to lower your stress, keep cool/dry, and try, try not to scratch. good luck…it WILL go away…when it’s ready.

  10. PRHell says:

    This stuff is awful…wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Can’t even enjoy the summer in public. Too embarrassed to take my shirt off. WHEN WILL IT END!!!?