How to Get Rid of Pityriasis Rosea

How to Get Rid of Pityriasis RoseaIf you’re wanting to know how to get rid of pityriasis rosea, read on.  I have had battles with this virus for months at a time for the past 10 years, but recently discovered a natural remedy using essential oils that can clear it up in literally…days!

Pityriasis rosea is a virus of unknown cause. The virus is thought to be related to stress. It usually starts with one large patch somewhere on the torso. Then several smaller patches can pop up. This rash can get itchy and irritated with any kind of moisture. Direct sunlight can dry it out but it still takes weeks to months to fade.

Seeing the Doctor

I still remember the first time I noticed this rash. There were patches on my neck and face that itched like crazy! First I thought it was an allergic reaction to something. But after a few weeks of no improvement, I knew it was no allergy. It was getting worse and I could hardly stand the itch, so I decided to see the college campus doctor.

I was convinced I would get a prescription for a cream or ointment. Convinced there was an easy cure and it would be gone in a few days. When the doctor told me it was a virus and nothing could cure it, only time, I was annoyed to say the least. If you’ve had pityriasis rosea, or currently have it, you know why!

Since then, every time the rash started appearing I would try to keep it dry as possible. It always goes away much faster in the summertime. Mostly because the sunlight dries it out so much. But I still hadn’t found a remedy that helped to get rid of Pityriasis Rosea…until recently.

My Natural Remedy: Tea Tree Essential Oil

It only occurred to me recently to try essential oils. Since moisture doesn’t generally help raised, itchy, inflamed skin. I never thought to try them.

I haven’t had it in awhile but noticed a few patches on my face. They are a lot smaller than the first few times this virus reared its ugly head. And I’m thankful for that at least! The remedy that is working for me now is… Tea Tree essential oil! This is an oil that is high in antiviral properties, perfect for fighting pityriasis rosea.

Tea Tree is All You Need

3-4 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 cotton swab

Simply put the tea tree essential oil on the end of the cotton swab and lightly dab the rash with the oil. Take care not to lather it on. Even if you put a few drops on a cotton swab, it soaks in pretty well. A little goes a long way! If you lightly coat each patch tea tree will start to have its revenge on the virus. It is amazing how much it can dry out in just one application!

I will warn you though, the aroma is not pleasant to some people. It can be quite strong, especially since you’re applying it undiluted. But to get rid of this rash, I can deal with the smell for a few minutes!

At first I tried diluting the essential oil with a carrier but it seemed to moisturize the rash, thus further irritating it. I have been applying it “neat”, or undiluted, directly to the rash twice a day. After only a few applications I could tell a huge difference.

The Path Ahead

I cannot stress enough though, this rash THRIVES on any kind of moisture. Don’t let water ruin your progress towards healing. Even washing your face or getting it wet in the shower can cause these patches to flare up again.

Obviously, I’m not saying to stop showering for months. Just keep the skin as cool and dry as possible! Shower or bath in lukewarm water if you can. And dry off thoroughly afterwards. Then make sure to apply the Tea Tree oil right after. If you can stick to using it twice a day and keep it dry, it should be gone in 5-7 days, maybe less. Keep in mind though, that viruses vary greatly from person to person, and even flare up to flare up. While it’s possible to be rid of it in a week, it could also take weeks or even several months. Don’t lose heart though! Continue keeping it dry, expose the area to a few minutes of direct sunlight if possible. Keep applying the oil…and most importantly try not to stress!

8 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Pityriasis Rosea”

  1. Hi, I am experiencing pityriasis and was wondering when did you first notice that the patches were going away? I have been using it for 2 days. In the morning and at night. I shower every other day.

    1. Hi Kaylei,

      It has been almost a year since I last had the virus. So if I remember correctly, after about 5-7 days it seemed to start drying up. The more consistent I was with applying the oil, the better. It is just difficult with this rash because even a little bit of water on it can make it flare up almost instantly. I was back and forth with a flare up for a few weeks this last time. It’s hard to put a definite time frame on it though for several reasons: 1) Viruses can be somewhat unpredictable, even when talking about the same person, 2) Depending on your stress level, flare ups can vary in severity, 3) Consistency with applying tea tree oil can change.
      My advice would be to try to decrease your stress level if possible, keep applying the tea tree oil (I have even increased to 3-5 times a day if tolerated), and continue to keep the area as dry as possible. Hope this helps! You will be in my prayers!

  2. I have it really bad I have found that showering and getting to hot really flares it up more I’m using Caladryl after shower is helping a bit more and Benadryl at night . I broke down and got steroids to take because it got so bad not sure if that helped more or not..
    Not fun at all

    1. Hi Cynthia,
      That sounds awful! Have you tried apple cider vinegar at all? I outlined my method in my blog post, but several others have tried using a spray if it’s over a large area. Steroids may help for a short time. They are used to decrease your body’s inflammatory response. But since MC is a virus, in the long run the steroids probably won’t help with healing. But sometimes you get to a point where you just need some kind of relief…totally get it. I will keep you in my prayers for healing!

        1. Hi Sarah,

          You can do either, just depends on how irritated and inflamed the skin around the MC is. For my kids, I would always dab it neat to the bump and cover it with a bandage. If the skin was red around it and painful I would just let it dry out or dilute ACV with water. Please don’t hesitate if you have any other questions.

  3. Hello, I am trying to figure out if I am suffering from this. I only have one patch and it is on my face… it started off as little red bumps that now formed a red patch that is raised. I describe it as a “welt” almost with little red bumps that form it. I only have the one and it is itchy. What do you think?

    1. Hi Sydney,

      I think you may be suffering from something else. Red, itchy raised bumps sounds more like an allergy or hypersensitivity. Molluscum contagiosum doesn’t usually fit that description. You can compare pictures online of MC to your rash, it has a very distinct look. Hope that helps!

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