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Pityriasis Rosea is a acute self-healing skin disease commonly seen in people between 10 and 35 of age, but can occur at any age. Although Pityriasis Rosea is harmless self-healing disease which usually resolves after 4-8 weeks, most pregnant women concern on its effects in pregnancy.

Pityriasis Rosea is reported to occur more frequently in pregnancy at a rate of 18% compared to 6% in general population. Though previous studies suggested no harm during pregnancy, current studies suggest that pityriasis rosea may result in spontaneous abortion, premature delivery with neonatal hypotonia and fetal loss especially if it develops before 15 weeks of gestation. These studies were performed on limited number of people and showed that miscarriage might be due to viral infection especially HHV-6. More large scale studies may be required in order to confirm the cause of fetal harm by pityriasis rosea in pregnancy and the cause of pityriasis rosea itself.

If you have pityriasis rosea and you are pregnant, consult your dermatologist. They would definitively give you a better suggestion. As Pityriasis Rosea required no treatment. Treatment is usually focussed on relieving the symptoms and to exclude other associated viral infection like secondary syphilis, herpesvirus, cytomegalovirus, parvovirus and Epstein-Barr which might cause harm to the fetus. For symptomatic relief your dermatologist may prescribe soothing lotions like topical zinc oxide or calamine lotion.


  • Excess water, sweat, deodorants or deodorant soaps might irritate your skin. So, try to avoid it. use gentle soaps if needed.
  • Avoid hot water baths. Use cool water as much as possible.
  • Take an oatmeal bath. Search your local pharmacy for oatmeal bath products.
  • Keep the itchy area cool and moist. Use of moisturizing creams and soothing lotions like calamine lotion is recommended.
  • Avoid wool and synthetic fabrics. Wear cotton or silk clothing.


1. Drago F, Broccolo F et al. Pregnancy outcome in patients with pityriasis rosea. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 May;58(5 Suppl 1):S78-83


  1. pityriasis rosea pictures
    October 1, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Thanks for providing a nice information. Your post makes sense especially that it can help pregnant women be aware of pityriasis infection.

  2. Nina
    March 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I am totaly shocked with what I Read on other websites about this disease during pregnancy. I can’t stop worrying because i’m only 5 weeks. I really hope your info is what I should believe.

  3. Leslie
    November 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I was 21 weeks pregnant and lost my baby due to an unknown infection. I thought I was breaking out in hives from stress but later turned out to be pityriasis roscea. I just got new kittens and assumed it was ringworm for a week until I realized what happened. I’d be very very careful. I gave birth to my baby girl and she passed minutes later, it was so sudden and confusing. I now believe it might have something to do with this itchy and gross rash I have now.. it’s been 6 weeks since the blotchy rash showed up. Not sure when it will leave! To avoid mis-diagnosis I’d request a bloody test or skin bopsy due to its similarity to other rashes.

  4. Iliana
    July 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

    The rash began shortly afther I got the news that I was pregnant with my 2nd… I went in for checkup at 10 weeks, babys heart had stoped beating. It was a missed misscarriage… I am preety sure it had to do with the rash… I had never goten this rash until that pregnancy… Also my inmune system was weak from bad dieting and morning sickness… Hope my story helps…

  5. Cece
    August 20, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I miscarried at 8 weeks but the heartbeat stopped at 5 weeks. I had the rash from.the very beginning of my pregnancy. It didn’t go away until the miscarriage. Its like the pregnancy triggered a outbreak.

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