Pityriasis rosea is a type of skin rash that primarily afflicts young adults. The condition, which occurs mainly in the fall and spring, is believed to be caused by a virus. Even though the skin rash is not contagious, more than one family member can develop it simultaneously. Generally, pityriasis rosea goes away by itself, but natural treatment methods can help relieve the symptoms or make the rash go away more quickly.
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Take an oatmeal bath to relieve itching caused by pityriasis rosea. Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water, and stir in 1/2 cup of colloidal oatmeal. Soak in the bathtub for 15 minutes to soothe itching.
Wash with a mild, fragrance-free soap to avoid aggravating the rash further. Rinse with clean water, and gently dry your skin with a clean towel.
Apply the Chinese herbal remedy Tiger Balm to areas of skin affected by the rash to help soothe and heal the skin.
Sit in direct sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes daily to help the rash fade, being careful to avoid sunburn.
Take 500 mg of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) twice each day to help treat pityriasis rosea. This omega-6 fatty acid is known to help alleviate and resolve skin disorders.
An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine can help relieve itching when natural treatments don’t help.
References and ResourcesAmerican Academy of Family Physicians: Pityriasis Rosea
Mayo Clinic: Pityriasis Rosea-- Lifestyle and Home Remedies
University of Maryland Medical Center: Gamma-Linolenic Acid
University of Maryland Medical Center: Pityriasis Rosea