- Adam O Goldstein, MD, MPH
Adam O Goldstein, MD, MPH
- Department of Family Medicine
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Beth G Goldstein, MD
Beth G Goldstein, MD
- Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
- Department of Dermatology
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Section Editors
- Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
- Section Editor — Dermatology
- Professor of Dermatology and Public Health
- Denver VA Medical Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health
- Moise L Levy, MD
Moise L Levy, MD
- Section Editor — Pediatric Dermatology
- Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology)
- Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin
- Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
Pityriasis rosea (PR) is an acute, self-limited, exanthematous skin disease characterized by the appearance of slightly inflammatory, oval, papulosquamous lesions on the trunk and proximal areas of the extremities (picture 1A-E). The diagnosis and management of this disorder are reviewed here.
A viral etiology for pityriasis rosea (PR) has been hypothesized based upon the following observations:
●PR is sometimes preceded by a prodrome.
●It occasionally occurs in small case clusters.
●It has not been shown to be associated with bacterial or fungal organisms.
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- CLINICAL FEATURES
- Differential diagnosis
- General approach
- - Patient/parent education
- - Pruritus
- Severe cases
- - Acyclovir
- - Phototherapy
- Other therapy
- - Macrolide antibiotics
- - Systemic glucocorticoids
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS