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Pityriasis Circinata et Maculata

Last updated June 12, 2017

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Pityriasis Rosea is a benign, skin disorder characterized by the presence of skin rashes.


The topic Pityriasis Circinata et Maculata you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Pityriasis Rosea.

Quick Summary:

  • Pityriasis Rosea is a benign, skin disorder characterized by the presence of skin rashes
  • It is a condition in which the skin rashes appear in the beginning with a herald patch - a single, oval-shaped patch on the chest, followed by smaller rashes after 2 weeks
  • Pityriasis Rosea generally affects individuals between 10-35 years of age and occurs most often during fall and spring season
  • The exact cause of the condition is not known, but it is linked to a viral infection
  • Mild cases requires no treatment, although the application of corticosteroids and antihistamines on the rashes can help control itching and redness
  • The disorder has a very good prognosis; the skin lesions generally resolve with no long-term complications

Please find comprehensive information on Pityriasis Rosea regarding definition, distribution, risk factors, causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, complications, treatment, prevention, prognosis, and additional useful information HERE.

What are some Useful Resources for Additional Information?

American Academy of Dermatology
930 E. Woodfield Road Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (866) 503-SKIN (7546)
Fax: (847) 240-1859
Website: http://www.aad.org

References and Information Sources used for the Article:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000871.htm (accessed on 6/13/2017)

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/pityriasis-rosea.html (accessed on 6/13/2017)

Helpful Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles:

Chuh, A. A., Dofitas, B. L., Comisel, G., Reveiz, L., Sharma, V., Garner, S. E., & Chu, F. K. (2007). Interventions for pityriasis rosea. The Cochrane Library.

Duhring, L. A. (1880). Pityriasis Maculata et Circinata. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 80(160), 359-377.

Louis, A. (1880). Diihring: Pityriasis Maculata et Circinata. American Journal of Medical Sciences, 359.

Little, E. G. (1914). Discussion on pityriasis rosea.

Swygert, K. E., & Browning, J. C. (2010). Pityriasis Roseaâ Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: June 12, 2017
Last updated: June 12, 2017