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Pityriasis Rosea or Ringworm?

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  • Posted By: jsheppard
  • October 17, 2009
  • 06:46 PM

I'm trying to figure out if I need to seek medical attention regarding some patches I have developed.

This all started at least two months ago with a single, small red patch just above my left breast. I assumed the patch was caused by my bra even though this patch was in the area where my bra strap isn't touching the skin. I switched bras for several weeks thinking it was just contact irritation, but this didn't help at all. This patch has expanded and is now a very clear ring shaped patch. The ring itself is red and looks like dry skin and the middle is completely normal. Since the first patch appeared, it has expanded a lot and I then developed two more patches on my right breast which are also expanding. I am now developing two small patches on my upper abdomen.

None of these patches are itchy and I often forget they are there until I see them. I put some tea tree cream on them a few nights ago, but that made absolutely no difference. I do have some steroid ointment, but I hesitate to put any on these patches in case this is a fungal infection as the ointment will worsen it.

Can anyone offer any advice to help me determine if this is Pityriasis Rosea or Ringworm? As I understand, Pityriasis Rosea will clear up on it's own, but Ringworm will not, so I'm unsure if I should seek medical attention because they're not bothering me. Many thanks in advance!

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  • My girlfriend had Pityriasis Rosea that didn't clear up on its own and it spread all over her. Eventually she was sent to a skin specialist who had her photographed (with her permission) to use for teaching because it was so severe..To cut a long story short she had it for around a year and was given creams to treat it.. She had no other symptoms apart from the rashes except for itchiness at the back of her neck/base of her scalpI think you should go to your Doctor just to be on the safe side.. and then you will know for sure what it is and receive treatment if necessary before tings get worse..rgdsTony
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  • In 1992, I gave birth to my first child. In 1994, I developed a round red spot near my wrist and one just above my pubic line. After several years of just dealing with it and it spreading to my inner thighs, I sought help with a doctor and she prescribed me oral medication for ringworm. It didn't help. In 2000, I went to a dermatologist. He took a biopsy of it and determined it was psoriasis. I was prescribed a topical skin cream that helped to clear it up but it never took it completely away. Having the spots on my inner thighs was quit embarrassing, as, I had it for roughly 8 years. In 2002, I gave birth to my 2nd child. During the pregnancy, I noticed the spots were clearing up. My OB doctor said that sometimes pregnancy will clear it up skin issues. Well, I'm proud to say that after I gave birth, the psoriasis disappeared completely and never returned!!!
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