An itchy red patch of skin may be a sign of pityriasis rosea, a skin condition that can be treated at Downtown Dermatology. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham specializes in pityriasis treatments for children, teenagers and adults in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.
Pityriasis rosea is not well understood in the medical community, but some research indicates that it may be linked to a viral infection. The condition is not contagious. The discoloration usually starts as an oval or circle that measures up to four inches. Known as a “herald spot,” the redness then spreads outward as tiny dots in a pattern that is similar to tree branches. In some cases, the condition resolves after 10 weeks, but some people require treatment to reduce the symptoms and avoid complications.
Treatment for pityriasis rosea will address the symptoms of the condition, such as:
Pityriasis rosea occurs on the:
The herald patch usually begins in the center of these areas and then spreads out across both sides of the body.
Dr. Hicks-Graham will recommend medications or light therapy for your pityriasis rosea. The medications may include:
If you are not responsive to the medications or prefer not to take them, light therapy has proven effective, but it may not be covered by your insurance. Light therapy will clear the rash, but the treatments may leave permanent dark spots on your skin.
Your treatment for pityriasis rosea at Downtown Dermatology does not require any special preparation. You should discuss your medical history, symptoms and medications with Dr. Hicks-Graham during the consultation appointment.
If you opt to take medications for pityriasis rosea, you should give the medications time to resolve the condition. If you experience symptoms while in treatment for the condition, you can try some home remedies, such as:
The prescription medications for pityriasis rosea may be covered by your insurance, but light therapy is often not covered. Our patient coordinator will discuss your cost after the consultation. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
If you have an unusual red or discolored patch of skin, we recommend that you be evaluated by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hicks-Graham. In some cases, pityriasis rosea begins with other symptoms that seem unrelated, such as:
Contact us to schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham for an accurate diagnosis of your skin condition. If she determines that your itchy, red skin is caused by pityriasis rosea, she will recommend safe and effective treatments to reduce symptoms and prevent future complications.If you have noticed a small area of red, itchy skin on your back, chest or abdomen, you may have a skin condition known as “pityriasis rosea.” As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is uniquely qualified to explain the condition and treatment options to those living in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.