Itchy Rash

Here we go again…

I have been suffering with yet another problem to go along with my other symptoms. Can you believe it? I ask myself what did I do to have to suffer through all of this. It’s bad enough that I am on oxygen, suffer with fibromyalgia, RA and Sarcoidosis, but to add to it "Pityriasis Rosacea"? My dermatologist is baffled because I do not fit any of the profiles that is associated with this skin disorder. Since the itching without a rash started in July until the first noticable rash in August, I have been itching from my neck down. The biopsy came back with this diagnosis, but my dermatologist said that the Sarcoid seems to have exacerbated it.  The symptoms cannot be treated like anyone else who my develop this form of Rosacea: "Ultra Violet therapy or Sun therapy" because of the Sarcoidosis; so what to do? He prescribed the strongest form of topical steriodial sab to apply twice a day because that is all that he can do. Any other form of oral treatment is shot down due to my other meds. So I suffer all day and night not getting any sleep due to the severe itching. Oatmeal baths and anti-itch creams do not help but do much.  The dermatologist told me that I will probably have to suffer with this for up to 6 months or more.  I have heard this before when I was told that I would only have to suffer with the Sarcoidosis symptoms from 6 months to 2 years.  Well almost 10 years later….still having the symptoms. When does my remission kick in?  So all I ask for is prayer to help me through yet another test…

What is Pityriasis Rosacea?

There are numerous types of Rosacea that can be noticeable around us. The most dangerous of all of them is Pityriasis Rosacea. It is the skin disorder that has a noticeable pink rash and is oval in shape. Like other Rosacea forms, the probable causes for the onset of Pityriasis Rosacea are also unknown. The onset of Pityriasis Rosacea is not connected with stress, food or medicine. It has been advocated by most dermatologists that this skin disorder, which is generally non-contagious, is brought about by a virus.

An individual belong to any sex or age can be affected with Pityriasis Rosacea. However, the disease is most commonly traced in females lying in the age bracket of 8 – 35: I am 43. The recurrence of the symptoms is not often and only 3% of the sufferers are seen to have a revisit of Pityriasis Rosacea.

Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosacea

There are numerous symptoms that you should keep a look out for before concluding that an individual is affected with Pityriasis Rosacea.

  • A ringworm looking rash colored pink and having an oval shape
  • Single patch (herald) might crop up a fortnight (on an average) prior to the smaller rash patches. They are either unnoticeable or barely exists. Other patches might appear in a small and oval cluster instead of a patch
  • The oval rashes that are formed on the skin take a pattern similar to a triangle. Most people feel that the shape is comparable to Christmas trees
  • Most of the people having Pityriasis Rosacea have mild itching with a few taking severe forms. The itching fades with development of rashes
  • Headache, nausea fatigue and fever might accompany Pityriasis Rosacea
  • Other symptoms that are less common with Pityriasis Rosacea include acne clearance from the body and activity of sweat glands getting considerably reduced

Such rashes are most found around the region near chest, stomach, back, inner forearms and inner thighs. Some of the cases of Pityriasis Rosacea have been noticed around the palm regions of our hands. Usually Pityriasis Rosacea does not have effect on our face. However, there have been cases with blemishes being noticed on the cheeks of the patient.

Treatment to the Symptoms of Pityriasis Rosacea

Although Pityriasis Rosacea is incurable, still there have been cases where the problem has left the body without any medical action. Phototherapy or treatment through UV light is useful for shortening the period of the situation and might be advised for persistent and extensive Pityriasis Rosacea cases.  Can’t do that because of the Sarcoidosis…Dermatologists might also prescribe corticosteroid creams for giving relief to the itching.

Pityriasis Rosacea generally lasts for 2 to 3 months. The Dermatologist told me that mines could lasts up to 6 months or longer. Disappearance of rashes takes place after three months without leaving a scar. However, individuals having darker complexions might acquire discolorations (hyper-pigmented) for a considerable period of time. I am very light-skinned.  Although Pityriasis Rosacea might occur to more than an individual in a single household at the same time, still it should not be considered contiguous.