If you know that you have it, you’re asking what Pityriasis Rosacea Treatment is best? Pityriasis rosacea is one of the most common forms of rosacea but thankfully while painful and itchy the disease does not last too long and usually cures itself.
What Causes Pityriasis Rosacea?
The latest research indicates that either the Herpes 6 or the Herpes 7 virus is necessary for a person to develop pityriasis rosacea. These two viruses usually affect children before they are six years of age. It takes either an immune function response or a new viral infection to reactivate the Herpes 6 or Herpes 7 virus in a person that had the Herpes virus as a child. The reactivation results in pityriasis rosacea.
What are the Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosacea?
Before we can talk about an effective Pityriasis Rosacea treatment we first need to understand the symptoms. Almost 70 percent of people that develop pityriasis rosacea experience an infection of the upper respiratory tract before any signs of pityriasis rosacea appear on the skin.
Pityriasis rosacea is first seen by the development of a single red patch of skin on the abdomen that is about one inch in diameter. In many cases the first patch that indicates a person has pityriasis rosacea will appear in a part of the body that the person cannot see very well like the armpit or the back of the knee. Larger patches appear in some people and can be as big as five inches in diameter.
About two weeks after the appearance of the first patch of red skin a large number of small red oval patches appear on the torso. In some cases the rash-like spots appear on the arms and legs. The red spots can cover a large part of the stomach, chest, and back in most people that have pityriasis rosacea.
Pityriasis rosacea produces a drying of the skin. Most people that have pityriasis rosacea experience itching in and around the areas that are affected by the disease. Scratching the affected areas usually makes the itching worse.
Nausea, headache, fever, and fatigue can accompany the development of pityriasis rosacea in the first and second week of an outbreak.
What do People Mistake Pityriasis Rosacea For?
In many instances people mistake pityriasis rosacea for acne or a rash caused by exposure to poison oak or a similar plant. This error is most common in people that do not develop a large patch of red skin that is the initial; sign of pityriasis rosacea or in people that develop a large patch of dry red skin in a spot on their body that they do not see.
What Pityriasis Rosacea Treatment is Best?
Time cures pityriasis rosacea. A person has to put up with the red spots, dry skin, and itching but the red spots go away on their own in about four weeks in most cases. Cortisone can help with the itching.
Usually, over the counter medications can deal with the fever, headache, and nausea that may accompany pityriasis rosacea.
Using a steroid containing medicine to stop the itch caused by pityriasis rosacea makes a person more likely to take longer to get their normal skin color back. Antihistamines are a better choice to deal with the itching caused by pityriasis rosacea. Calamine lotion is usually recommended for the itch as are moisturizers to eliminate the dryness that causes the itch.
An antiviral drug called Acyclovir can reduce the time it takes to overcome pityriasis rosacea.
One of the best treatments for pityriasis rosacea is sunlight. Sunlight during the first week of the eruption of the multitude of tiny red spots reduces the length of time a person suffers from pityriasis rosacea.
A person that has pityriasis rosacea should avoid perfumes, deodorants, makeup, and fabrics like wool that increases the itch caused by pityriasis rosacea.
The Best Pityriasis Rosacea Treatment is Prevention
At present, there is no known cure for the Herpes 6 or Herpes 7 virus, which means that a cure for what is considered the most probable cause of pityriasis rosacea does not exist. Like other herpes viruses, they have the habit of “hiding” in the nervous system without venturing out into the bloodstream often enough to be demolished by the immune system. Breakouts only occur when the virus multiplies sufficiently in the nervous system so that it “overflows” to the skin and causes breakouts. The immune system can deal with it at the point of infection and this is how physicians can detect antibodies in your blood. But the virus then retreats back into the nervous system making full access impossible.
So in summary, the best Pityriasis Rosacea treatment is ensuring that if possible, children are not exposed to the Herpes 6 and Herpes 7. This of course means limiting access to people such as relatives or friends that you know may have the virus.