Hello, guess why i'm here... tadaaa!
that's right, I'm the newest member to the Pityriasis Rosea family. Firstly, I'd like to thank michsm2
for their continued comments, which have been most helpful.
Here's my story:
Back in November I first noticed "Harold"
on the left side of my hip. I thought it was some irritation due to the elastic band of my boxer shorts rubbing against my skin. Didn't pay much attention to it, and in fact, it seemed to have gone away... well, Harold played a bit of hide and seek... Harold became slighly larger and ring-like. Next, my girfriend told me (at the beginning of December) that I had some mosquito bites on my lower back... 5-6 of them. I though it odd, as there are NO mosquitos to be seen, nor this time of the year... again, I didn't pay much attention. I thought it might have been spider bites.. but have never seen a spider in my flat!
December 25th. Noticed the first "rash" on my back, almost by accident. I took some antihistamines, thinking it was some allergic reaction to dust - I decided to empty and sort out one of those boxes that seem to live forever in a corner or in the attic - anyway, the dusty contents did give me a bit of breathing trouble and allergy (sneezing, etc).
January 1st. Rash spread VERY rapidly towards the middle of my back and towards the left of my torso (below armpit) but not all the way to my belly... I mean, 8-pack!
Took more antihistamines, although the rash doesn't actually itch...
January 8th. Rash spread VERY rapidly towards side of belly and goes under my arm/armpit. Definitely worried and booked an appointment with GP/Doctor.
January 15th. Finally saw my doctor, who has sent me to a dermatologist, but has no doubt it's Pityriasis Rosea.The rash has become denser - some mosquito-bite-like spots became rings of about 1-1.5cms in diameter, and little spots spread to arms. I also started getting a couple of blisters on the back of my hands... initially thought it was unrelated, maybe a splinter or something... Doctor also recommended a blood test, jsut to be safe.
Today, January 21st. Overall, it seems to have come down a bit (less red), but have a few more spots in arms and right side of my torso and right side of belly. My wrists (also use a laptop a lot... and wondered if IT made it worse) and hands have about 10 blisters each Some bigger that others...
And that's it. I wonder if we can narrow down a few things. Do any of you:
1. sleep with electric blanquets on?
2. have a particular food intolerance?
3. have travelled abroad/often just before the condition appeared?
4. tried new bedding or new clothing, just previous to noticing Harold....
5. have been exposed to someone with herpes (the mild kind). i know it's not related, but apparently they're "cousin" cells.
...or a particular event you might have been able to isolate? jsut to see if we have all done the same thing and shed some light onto this mysterious thing
I know there isn't a lot out there, just trying to see if we can pin-point towards a common pattern.
(I wish i was) Spotless in London
ps. Did any of you keep any photographic record of your condition? Can we post these somewhere in here? I know it can seem gross, but just thinking how much it'd help others to see what it was like on others.
ps2. where are Mulder and Scully when you need them!