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What do doctors think pityriasis rosea?

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Doctors think a viral infection (like herpesvirus 6, 7, or 8) causes this scaly rash. It’s easy to mistake for ringworm. Other symptoms may include fatigue and headache.

From: Why Do I Have Scaly Skin? WebMD Medical Reference

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Actinic Keratosis: Signs And Symptoms,” “Actinic Keratosis: Overview,” “Actinic Keratosis: Who Gets and Causes,” “Dry, scaly, and painful hands could be hand eczema,” “How Skin Grows,” “Ichthyosis Vulgaris: Overview,” “Lichen Planus: Overview,” “Lichen Planus: Signs And Symptoms.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Winter Dry Skin.”

National Eczema Association: “Understanding your eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Ichthyosis Overview,” “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Dandruff: Symptoms and Causes,” “Psoriasis: Causes,” “Psoriasis: Definition,” “Psoriasis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Diaper rash in infants and children (Beyond the Basics).”

Merck Manual Professional Version: “Pityriasis Rosea.”

The Myositis Association: “Dermatomyositis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Actinic Keratosis: Signs And Symptoms,” “Actinic Keratosis: Overview,” “Actinic Keratosis: Who Gets and Causes,” “Dry, scaly, and painful hands could be hand eczema,” “How Skin Grows,” “Ichthyosis Vulgaris: Overview,” “Lichen Planus: Overview,” “Lichen Planus: Signs And Symptoms.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Winter Dry Skin.”

National Eczema Association: “Understanding your eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Ichthyosis Overview,” “What Is Atopic Dermatitis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Dandruff: Symptoms and Causes,” “Psoriasis: Causes,” “Psoriasis: Definition,” “Psoriasis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Diaper rash in infants and children (Beyond the Basics).”

Merck Manual Professional Version: “Pityriasis Rosea.”

The Myositis Association: “Dermatomyositis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

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