Pityriasis Rosea

Adult Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on August 01, 2021

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Pityriasis rosea is a harmless, common skin problem that causes a rash.Although it can occur at any age, it is seen most often in those between theages of 10 and 35.

The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown. Unlike many other skin conditions,it is not an allergic reaction orcaused by a fungus or bacteria. Someexperts think it may be caused by a virus. But neither signs of a virus (suchas its genetic material) nor symptoms of a viral infection (such as a fever)are found in everyone with pityriasis rosea. Read more about pityriasis rosea.

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