Pityriasis rosea is a very common skin disease. Rashes appear all over the affected areas and usually disappear after some time without any treatment. Sometimes the rash can last longer than two months. The first sign of this disease is a single patch known as the herald patch. Just this one patch, is seen for two weeks. This patch can grow and become scaly and turns pink or violet in color.
After two weeks more patches appear on the skin. These are smaller than the herald patch and they appear on the arms, legs, chest, back and the abdomen. They can even develop inside the mouth. They are oval in shape and if many patches appear simultaneously on the back then they can form a definite pattern. They rarely appear on the face, scalp, soles and palms.
The rashes itch intensely and the itch becomes worse when the skin becomes warm due to physical exertion or a hot shower. This disease is not contagious and though the exact cause is unknown, it is possible that a virus is the root cause of it.
Home Remedies For Pityriasis Rosea
Neem is the easiest and most cost effective remedy for pityriasis rosea. It does not cost too much effort too. Boil one bucket of water and add a sheaf of neem leaves to it. Boil for seven minutes then allow the water to cool. Bathe with this water everyday. Neem has superb anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties.These properties will not only eradicate the infection but will also alleviate the itching. Within a short time, the patches will begin to fade and disappear.
2. Coconut Oil
To get relief from the itching and burning it is necessary to keep the skin calm and well moisturized. Take some pure coconut oil and rub it generously, all over the patches. Keep massaging for ten minutes so that the skin can absorb the oil.
This massage will instantly reduce the itching and bring relief in the pain. The anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties of coconut oil will also take care of the virus and other microbes that may be present in the body. You should also take one tablespoon of coconut oil once daily.
Oatmeal has been used since centuries for healing and curing all kinds of skin diseases and disorders. Cook some oatmeal in enough water so that you can get a thick and mushy consistency.Cool the cooked oatmeal and lather it well all over the patches. Let it dry on the skin. It will flake off on its own. Oatmeal will heal the skin rashes and provide tremendous relief in the itching.
4. Catechu Paste
Catechu has innumerable medicinal values. It has been used since ancient times in ayurvedic medicine and is a prominent ingredient of paan. Buy some catechu paste from any paan shop.Apply the paste all over the rashes and leave it to dry. Its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and cooling properties will soothe the irritated skin and bring considerable relief in the itching.
5. Aloe Vera
Remove the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf and rub it three or four times a day, all over the affected parts. Aloe vera will soothe the itching and will also combat the virus and any other infection as well.