Diagnosis of Pityriasis Rosea (PR)

Diagnosis of pityriasis rosea (PR) is made by clinical observation. A skin biopsy can be obtained and examined by a pathologist to confirm or exclude the diagnosis, if there is uncertainty.

Treatment for Pityriasis Rosea

Most patients require no treatment for pityriasis rosea. Itching occurs in about one-third of cases and various lotions can be used to help relieve the symptoms. In some cases, exposure to sunlight helps to heal the lesions.

Pityriasis Rosea Prevention

No preventative measures are known to reduce the risk for pityriasis rosea.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015