A Mothers Ramblings: Pityriasis Rosea. Yup, I'd never heard of it before either.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Pityriasis Rosea. Yup, I'd never heard of it before either.

If you read my Facebook pages, both Personal and Blog wise then you may already know all this... so I apologise that I'm repeating myself!

Last Sunday evening, Top Ender mentioned a rash that had appeared around her neck. She had been wearing a necklace that we got her for her Baptism back in September of 2014 and so we just assumed that she had developed an allergy to it. It made sense, seeing as how I'm allergic to Nickel, we figured that she had developed the same allergy.

Only by the end of Monday her entire torso was covered in this rash. We gave her some anti-allergy medicine and decided that come Tuesday morning, if she still had the rash, we'd book her an appointment at our Doctors Surgery and get her checked out.

Top Ender all wrapped up warm

I sent a couple of pictures of the rash to my friend, wanting a Mums opinion.

The Doctor was lovely and she asked about Top Ender's symptoms. We mentioned a few that we had noticed and following on from what we said, the Doctor asked a few more questions and of course had a look at the rash.

She then diagnosed Tops with Pityriasis Rosea. Yeah, I'd never heard of it before either. Apparently it's a "relatively common skin condition that causes a temporary skin rash of raised, red scaly patches on the body" and isn't contagious just annoying and for some (including Tops) itchy.

Really itchy.

The doctor explained that it takes the shape of a V on her front and a Christmas tree on her back, and sure enough now that the rash is developing more and more you can see it is forming these exact shapes.

The bad news is that the rash is going to stick around for at least two weeks, or could possibly be inflicting itchiness on Top Ender for the next FIVE MONTHS!

The good news is that this isn't going to cause any permanent damage to Top Ender's skin and seeing as how it could still be here at Christmas, the Christmas tree shape on her back is a perfect Christmas decoration.

So we've put some strategies in place for Top Ender to cope with the itching and now we're just hoping that Top Ender bucks the trend and the rash vanishes in days rather than weeks or months!