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Pityriasis rosea is a harmless, common skin problem that causes a rash.
Although it can occur at any age, it is seen most often in those between the
ages of 10 and 35.
The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown. Unlike many other skin conditions,
it is not an allergic reaction or
caused by a fungus or bacteria. Some
experts think it may be caused by a virus. But neither signs of a virus (such
as its genetic material) nor symptoms of a viral infection (such as a fever)
are found in everyone with pityriasis rosea.
Read more about pityriasis rosea.
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Pityriasis Rosea - Topic Overview
Conditions: Common Rashes
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