She was diagnosed with Pityriasis rosea, is a scaly, reddish-pink skin rash. It is most common in children and young adults.
Mikaella Pablo first noticed a red spot the size of a coin on the side of her belly. Thinking it was a simple pimple or skin irritation, she didn’t pay much attention to it, though it was beginning to itch. But as days passed, the “patch” began growing and itching more.
Pablo’s sister who was a nurse suggested that she apply Bactroban ointment. But the patch didn’t go away.
When they went to a dermatologist, the latter explained that she had pityriasis rosea, and that patch was the “mother” of the skin problem, and is called a “Herald patch.”
The exact cause of pityriasis rosea is unclear. Some evidence indicates the rash may be triggered by a viral infection, particularly by certain strains of the herpes virus. But it’s not related to the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Also, Pityriasis rosea isn’t believed to be contagious.
Apparently, if you get this skin condition, you may feel like you have a cold at first. You may feel congested, have a sore throat and a cough. Then, a single scaly red spot may appear on your back or stomach (Herald patch). Smaller spots will develop on your body days to weeks later.
Pityriasis rosea usually lasts 1 to 3 months and usually never comes back. However, let your doctor know if the rash or itching lasts longer than 3 months. Doctors usually suggest one brand name: Benadryl, a steroid cream, calamine lotion or zinc oxide cream to relieve the itching. Sometimes people who have pityriasis rosea have to take steroid pills to clear up their rash.
Though Pablo is now slowly recovering, there was a time when her entire body was covered with thousands of rashes and red patches that are extremely itchy, that she barely slept a wink at night. Though graphic, her post aims to warn others to always take care of their health and never take simple signs and symptoms for granted.