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Herald patch in pityriasis rosea

Close-up of a herald patch on the chest

Pityriasis rosea (say "pih-tih-RY-uh-sus ROH-zee-uh") is a common skin problem that causes a rash. The rash often begins with a herald patch-a single, round-to-oval, pink patch that is scaly with a raised border. The size of the patch ranges from 2 cm (0.8 in.) to 10 cm (3.9 in.).

Current as of: July 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

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