Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea on the back, with close-up of the rash

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.

Current as of: October 30, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine