When you have Pityriasis Rosea, you most often confuse it with a ringworm infection and start using anti fugal creams on it. But the condition does not fade away with anti fungal treatment which is when you realise that it is something else and head to the skin specialist for a diagnosis.
The first rash that appears on the stomach when you have Pityriasis Rosea can be unsightly enough to make you feel distressed. The pink or brown rash soon spreads to other parts of the body, thankfully not the face. Pityriasis Rosea is not a painful condition. It may also not cause any itching even though some people do experience severe itching.
The fact that the viral condition does not have any cure is very dreadful for many. However, there are certain things that you can do to heal and control Pityriasis Rosea faster.
Tips To Heal Pityriasis Rosea
Antihistamines that are used for controlling allergic outbreaks like inflammation and itching on the skin can be used for treating Pityriasis Rosea as well. OTC medications like Zyrtec, Benadryl etc. can be used for treating the viral infection. This may not lead to a complete or faster healing process. But they do help to control the itching and pain.
If OTC drugs are not your cup of tea, you may try calamine lotion which is a simple at-home treatment for controlling the itch. Take calamine lotion and apply liberally on each spot including the mother spot which is bigger and more troublesome.
Leave it on and reapply as needed. Allow the lotion to dry completely before you wear your clothes so that the skin remains cool and dry.
Zinc Oxide and Hydrocortisone
Zinc oxide is a regular ingredient in all skin creams and ointments used for treating infections of the skin. Apply creams with zinc oxide on the rashes. This will reduce the discomfort greatly. Baby diaper rash creams contain zinc oxide and can be used on the rashes as well.
Another cream that can be tried on the Pityriasis Rosea rashes is creams that contain hydrocortisone. These too are available in drug stores and can be applied topically to prevent skin infections and promote healing without much discomfort.
Natural Treatments For Pityriasis Rosea
Now for some natural treatment methods that can soothe your skin and prevent external scarring and damage if you have been scratching the rashes and peeling the skin. Take oatmeal and grind it to form a smooth powder. Take 2 cups of this powder and add to cold water in the tub. Soak your body for half an hour until you feel refreshed. The cold water will leave the skin cool and prevent flare up of Pityriasis Rosea.
UV rays can keep the keep the skin infection of Pityriasis Rosea under control. For this, moderate amount of sun exposure is recommended. However, make sure that you do not over heat your body or make it sweat. The cool morning sun is the best time you can expose your body to the UV rays. Remember always to take bath in cold water and prevent heating up your body through exercise and activities that make you sweat when you have Pityriasis Rosea.