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Pityriasis Rosea Herald Patch

The First Sign of Pityriasis Rosea is Often Mistaken for Ringworm


Updated August 11, 2010

pityriasis rosea with an oval herald patch on the abdomen, as well as a more generalized rash
Image courtesy CDC
Pityriasis rosea, which can be a scary-looking rash, usually occurs in healthy teens and twenty-somethings. It looks bad, but it typically goes away on its own.

This "herald patch" is an example of the first sign of pityriasis rosea. These patches are often mistaken for ringworm.

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