When I had a rash on my back, I wasn’t sure what to do at first. I decided to self treat at home, which included making sure it was washed good every day and having my wife apply unscented lotion to it. I don’t know why I thought that would clear everything up, which it didn’t. My wife asked me if I was finally ready to go and see a Manchester dermatologist to get to the bottom of this rash. I was able to get into a local dermatologist the following day, which made me very happy because I wanted to find out what was causing me to itch so much.
The doctor did not need very long before telling me that what I was experiencing is called pityriasis rosea. A lot of people call it a Christmas tree rash mostly because the rash can take on the shape of one! I didn’t think that mine really did, but he was still positive that this is what it was. He did tell me that it is not a serious condition, and that I would fully recover from it. I was hoping that he would be able to help me with the discomfort, especially since he said I would be fine otherwise.
He told me that he would be able to prescribe to me a medicated lotion that would take care of the itchiness. When I asked him why my own lotion was not helping with that, he explained that it is the medication in the lotion that would fix me up. I was able to get the prescription later that day, and I started taking it immediately. It did take a few weeks to clear up, which the dermatologist did explain. I just wish I had gone to him first since I wasted several days trying to take care of it on my own. I won’t make that mistake again!