About 2 weeks ago, I was diagnosed by my primary care doc with Pityriasis Rosea after several weeks of a sore throat and the start of an itchy skin rash on my belly (that is now everywhere).
Unfortunately, no one knows how you get it and no one knows how to get rid of it.
It lasts on average 6-8 weeks, and sometimes longer. No working out, no heat (hot yoga, hot showers, etc), and generally do nothing to enflame it. This is NOT gonna fly, I am determined to cut its time short.
So today marks the end of week 2 and it’s beginning to clear up
Here’s what you need to do:
- Clip your nails really short so you can’t scratch yourself. I’m serious. You’ll do it in your sleep without thinking about it & then wind up with scars.
- Head to the drugstore and pick up the following:
- Head & Shoulders extra strength shampoo. Use this as body wash every night in the shower. I do 2-3 washes with it head to toe. Tip: Keep water warm, not hot – heat will inflame the rash.
- Colloidal oatmeal bath to soothe the skin when you need it.
- Raw, unrefined, organic coconut oil for after the bath.
- Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter for after that bath. I found this to be the most soothing.
- SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter infused with Frankincense & Myrrh (sold at Target and online) for after the bath and when your skin feels dry.
- You’ll need sunlight to hit the rash daily so if you don’t live somewhere that this is possible, get a tanning package. (Sidenote: I am NOT an advocate of tanning beds, but recalled doctors used to treat acne and other skin conditions this way). I go in the lowest stand up booth for 3 minutes every other day.
- Wear loose fitting cotton clothes and no bra or undies when possible. It helps with the itching.
- Drink a gallon of water every single day along with upping your Vitamin C intake and boosting your immune system with things such as leafy greens, spirulina, and elderberry.
UPDATE: Today marks the end of week 3 and the rash is 100% gone!!! I still have some dry patches left on my skin, but it’s no longer itchy or spreading!
I just want to tell the world that you don’t have to suffer through this and there IS something you can do!