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Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea

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. But it can cause serious problems in pregnant women.

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Randall D. Burr, MD - Dermatology
Last Revised November 8, 2013

Last Revised: November 8, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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