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Pityriasis Rosea in Children

  • Overview

    Pityriasis rosea is a common and mild skin condition characterized by scaly, pink and inflamed skin.

    • Pityriasis rosea usually starts with a pink or tan oval area on the chest or back. Smaller patches appear elsewhere on the body in a few weeks.
    • The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown but is commonly believed to be caused by a virus.
    • It is usually seen in children, adolescents and young adults.
    • The condition can last from four to eight weeks and usually leaves no lasting marks.
    • There is no cure, but the condition will resolve spontaneously. In the meantime, treatment can relieve symptoms.
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