Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In most cases, pityriasis rosea goes away on its own in four to 10 weeks. If the rash doesn't disappear by then or if the itching is bothersome, talk with your doctor about treatments that can help. The condition clears up without scarring and usually doesn't recur.


If home remedies don't ease symptoms or shorten the duration of pityriasis rosea, your doctor may prescribe medicine. Examples include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir (Zovirax)

Light therapy

Exposure to natural or artificial sunlight may help the rash fade. Light therapy may cause lasting darkening in certain spots, even after the rash clears.

July 02, 2015