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February 20th, 2009
Pityriasis Rosea, my experience
I just started tanning today

I've never gone to a tanning salon ever...

Its $45.00 Canadian and you get 100 minutes in this tanning bed

I spent 5-6 minutes today in there, it felt weird but i hope it helps

all the rashes on my body are in areas where its warm like inner portion of lower arms, upper arms, and legs inner thighs and calves because when i sleep i go into that baby position and yeah it warms up calves etc

hate this but i like what nona444 had to say about diet and this could be a warning sign to how we're treating our bodies
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replied February 21st, 2009
Pityriasis Rosea, my experience
2nd day of tanning and I already notice a difference in some areas of skin or maybe eyes are playing tricks on me but it does seem to be getting better
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replied February 22nd, 2009
tanning bed works!!!
hey folks! after going to the doctor and being diagnosed i was lucky enough to stumble on to this forum! I was told it would take 4-6 weeks for this to pass by the doctor. After 3 tanning sessions of 8 minutes each (be careful, with the time, i do not burn easily so 8 minutes is no problem. you should start smaller if you burn easily) i was completely marking and itch free. one week as opposed to 4 to 6!

Also based on some of the recommendations here i took a good multi vitamin and an immune system booster. run do not walk to the tanning booth people!

If you do have the itchy kind i would take whatever the doctor prescribes. i had some of the worst nights of my life because of the itching. the first tanning session helped with the itch.

you will know it is working about the second or third session as the marked skin will start to flake and peel just like it does after a hot summer vacation.
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replied February 22nd, 2009
my experiences
roborama

did you get much sunlight before this happened to you?

I don't go out much of the house so i didn't

When going into the tanning salon, how bad is your Pityriasis Rosea? mine is up to my neck and i told the lady working at Tanning Salon i needed to come in for health reasons, and everytime i go i have a scarf on covering the areas of my skin that have spots/rashes...
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replied February 27th, 2009
Hoping... there is an end!!
Well I've had PR for abt 3-4 weeks ever since i noticed the herald patch on my shoulder blade; i actually thought I had been contaminated by mites from a seat on the plane on my way back to the US from Germany (yea right). Well much of the info on the WWW has been contradictory but one website did mention that fact that your immune system could be down which i think was my case since i work with small children and get sick twice a month. I'm quite certain that i have a mild case of PR but i make sure i don't scratch at all. I had been using Anti-bacterial soap which my derm told me just to use plain water but i think I'm going to keep with my regime, then i use Aveeno skin relief body wash w/ oatmeal and then i top it off with Eucerin original moist, creme.. and take a vit E400ui to keep my skin rejuvenated throughout the course of the disease. I hate to admit i've been using hot water but it hasn't changed the severity of the itching ( which is hardly not at all) The way i see it is if my condition gets worse i might seek out chinese herbs but as far as the marks left on my body; i know that w/out exposure to the sun my normal marks such as blemishes left from pimples will diminish for apprx. 1-2 months but with a little tanning ( and i am cappuccino complected btw) the marks will diminish with 2-3 tanning sessions. That's my only hope since the sun in Germany doesn't show it true colors until April... But i hope this helped.. As i reread what I've written it sounds more like a pep talk to myself but I'm going to remain positive... if anything think about mutations and other Darwinist theories to keep you afloat...this might in fact be a good thing ...
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replied February 27th, 2009
pityriasis rosea
pityriasis rosea is a frustrating disease for the patient and for their physicians. It has been associated with a couple of herpes family viruses, and one study was done that showed that acyclovir, when started early in the disease course, shortened healing time. However, like with most viral illnesses, if you don't get it within the 1st 48-72 hours, there is very little likelihood of any benefit. Another study showed that erythromycin given to patients older than age 2 with pityriasis rosea showed some benefit, but both of these studies were small, so until larger studies are done, we just won't know for sure. Steroids (oral, topical, IV, IM) may or may not be helpful, but should at least help with the itching. When given for short periods of time, steroids are actually extremely safe. In my practice, I use erythromycin and a steroid taper over 12 days. It's hard to tell if it does much for it, since either way, pityriasis rosea tends to last about 14-20 days. The good news is that we haven't encountered any long-term persistence of the illness with this regimen, and it seems to shorten the duration by about 4 or 5 days (from the usual duration of 16 days). If the patient is only mildly symptomatic and doesn't care about the appearance, I don't give them anything, but let the disease just run its course.
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replied March 1st, 2009
does tanning really helps? im just left with the aftermath of PR. just the brown spots only. will it help? hope to receive a reply here thks!
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replied March 4th, 2009
tanning
yes i think tanning does help

mine is pretty bad though, my Pityriasis Rosea

i did notice after i started tanning and maybe its a coincidence but the rashes started to decrease in size and spread more evenly with my skin color and no longer look as bad

There's different tanning packages, like $20.00 for 50 minutes (I'm from Canada)
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replied March 4th, 2009
mine is very bad too... what kind of skin tone are you? im asian(frm singapore!) & they say asians have darker skin tones so the rashes might be more visible & permanent.

im gonna take up your advice & try tanning too.(: however i don see any tanning salons here, would tanning at the beach have the same effect?

thks alot 'imtooyoungtodie'
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replied March 5th, 2009
hope you feel better
I'm Filipino, Chilian and Chinese hehe

so my skin is dark like yours

I would guess that tanning at beach would be same but Tanning salon the strength of light is stronger and gets everywhere

I did a google search for heat rash and thats how some of my skin looks right now but it has more height and has scaling effect when it reaches that redness stage, my chest, stomach and upper arms which showed the rash first seem to be healing *knock on wood* and rash seems to be disappearing here sort of

hope you feel better, take care
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replied March 6th, 2009
oh my goodness after gg to the doctor's today they said it wasn't PR but some unknown stuff when previously they've all said it was PR for like 1 year?! oh man but it does look like PR so im def gonna try tanning urgh hope it goes away.

i just hope to regain good skin agn. someone recommended me some vitamins which will help with skin discoloration making skin color more even throughout im trying that out too.

thks alot imtooyoungtodie. im glad that yours is getting better (:

how old are u btw? im 17.
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replied March 6th, 2009
Pityriasis Rosea
I was diagnosed with PR a week ago. I thought it was a reaction to an antibiotic I was taking, but the doc said it didn't look like a drug rash. Since my diagnosis it has gotten worse, spreading more onto my arms, down my thighs, and up my neck into may hairline, behind my ears, and on some areas on my face. I've been using Aveeno lotion with menthol and colloidal oatmeal, which provides temporary itching relief. I'm very discouraged hearing that this is going to last more than just a few weeks. I am very fair skinned, and my spots are bright red and obvious. I am also taking bendryl to sleep at night, bu have woken up scratching in the middle of the night. Does scratching really spread the rash? Because I am getting spots on areas I haven't scratched, like my arms and thighs.

Why haven't doctors found a cure for this? They say it is super rare, but it seems that a lot of people are really suffering because of PR. There has to be something they can do.

I found an e-book that claims to have a cure, but you have to pay for it. Has anyone tried this? Is it bunk? If someone has found a cure, why isn't it more well-known?
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replied March 6th, 2009
yes i saw that particular e-book too! but i didnt know if it was reliable so i didnt dare buy it. according to the docs thr's no cure for PR bcos they dont even know the actual cause of it. & i guess they're not bothering since it isn't contagious or harmful, just very inconvenient to the sufferer bcos it's us who has to bear with these ugly rashs!

scratching doesn't spread the rash, but try not to scratch bcos you might leave scars bhind.

my doc said there's no effective way of treating it & the spots may take months or even years to fade, depending on the person's skin.

loads of pple suggested tanning, but i havent tried it out. perhaps you might like to try?
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replied March 7th, 2009
Tanning
I'm seriously considering after reading here, though (like I said) I have very fair skin would rather have PR than skin cancer. I'd also like to consult with a dermatologist before starting UV treatment.
My doctore prescribed erithromycin, and I only have a few days left. So far it hasn't seemed to have helped. At this point I'm so miserable, I'm willing to try just about anything.
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replied March 7th, 2009
reply: blackbangles
hi

i hate that feeling of not knowing what you have...

1st doctor i saw didn't know either, 2nd doctor said Impetigo, 3rd doctor said PR and then i re-visited 2nd doctor and he said PR now to lol

I've had PR for about a month now

and i'm 29 years old
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replied March 8th, 2009
this is so infuriating the docs say they can do nothing abt my case since they donno what it is.

i've been dealing it for a year & it's really sucky. h8 this.

imtooyoungtodie are you still tanning now? (: much much better ?
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replied March 8th, 2009
reply: blackbangles
yes still tanning every other day for about 7-9 min

i think its improving but i still have it on lower arms, legs, and the areas healing are darker colour and skin is rough/dry

how healthy do u eat?
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replied March 8th, 2009
hmm i eat fruits everyday. vegetables about every other day. & i used to eat junk food many days a week after sch haha but now nope! & vitamin E b4 i got this condition. now my diet hasnt chged much still the same(cept for the junk food part). how abt you?(:
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replied March 9th, 2009
reply: blackbangles
my diet sucks lol or did, i would mix it up but there was lots of junk food also

now my diet is like this

breakfast: 2 wholeweat toast, celery, apple, another fruit


how about stress, lots of threads i read before people got PR they were really stressed out
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replied March 9th, 2009
your breakfast is pretty healthy! mine is just milo & cereals haha.

i got this condition last year when i was preparing for my o lvls & i guess i was pretty stressed during that period. i think stress play a part too... anyway, does this condition affect your life much? i love sports like swimming & badminton but i cant do them now cant wear shorts/swimming costumes anymore. & spore is a pretty humid country we get loads of sunny days so it's quite irritating when i have to wear long sleeves & jeans to cover up!
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