Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea on the back, with close-up of the rash

Pityriasis rosea (say "pih-tih-RY-uh-sus ROH-zee-uh) is a common skin problem that causes a rash. Salmon-colored oval patches appear in batches. They appear on the belly, chest, back, arms, and legs. Patches sometimes spread to the neck but rarely to the face.

Pityriasis rosea is usually harmless.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016

Current as of: February 5, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology