Pityriasis Rosea | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of pityriasis rosea?

If you get this skin condition, you may feel like you have a cold at first. You may feel congested, have a sore throat and a cough. Then, a single scaly red spot may appear on your back or stomach. This is called a "herald patch." Smaller spots will develop on your body days to weeks later. These spots may itch badly. If the rash is on your back, it may have the shape of a Christmas tree.


Pityriasis Rosea by DL Stulberg, M.D., and J Wolfrey, M.D. (American Family Physician January 01, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040101/87.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/04