Absolutely Horrible Itching From Pityriasis Rosea
Author: Jessica C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Word Count: 478
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10582-OR
Scientific Studies: 1
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A little over a month ago I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea. (If you have searched this topic, you likely know what it is and how absolutely horrible the itching can get.)
I tried everything from over-the-counter pills like Benadryl, hydrocortisone creams and sprays, calamine lotion, etc. NOTHING worked, and I was scratching sores into my skin all over my body (until they bled) because it itched so terribly. I even tried essential oils, but nothing seemed to be helping.
Finally, while I was home for a break for a few hours while my son was in the hospital after surgery, I was desperate and sat down to figure out something that I could try. I knew that I needed a carrier oil, and I love almond oil. It is my favorite and makes my skin feel amazing without the yucky slippery feeling, so I decided to use almond oil in a bottle.
Remember, I said that I was desperate to get some relief and wanted to make sure that this recipe would be potent enough to work. The rash is a viral rash, so I decided to use Thieves essential oil blend because it kills germs and bacteria and is antiviral. Then I wanted something to help take away the itch and to help heal my skin, so I chose Lavender essential oil.
This is the recipe I mixed up in a small bottle:
2 to 3 ounces carrier oil
20 drops Thieves
20 drops Lavender
I had my daughter rub the mixture on my back where I could not reach, and I applied it on my legs. At first I did not notice much of a difference and was almost to the point of tears because I was so desperate for relief and disappointed that it was not working.
While I began preparing to go back to the hospital to see my son, the itching just went away. I literally jumped for joy! I made sure I took the bottle with me and applied it once more that night.
For the first few days, I applied it morning, noon, and night because the itching would come back around those times. As the days have passed, though, I have been putting it on less and less. The sores on my body have been healing, and my skin is super soft now. I can go a couple days without putting on the mixture, and I am no longer scratching. If it does start to itch, I just apply some more.
The rash is still spreading, so it is not gone yet. But it is also not as bad as it was, and the new spots are not scaly and super itchy like they were before I started using this mixture. Though I likely have another 6 weeks or so to deal with this rash, right now the itch is under control, and my skin is healing.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: pityriasis, rosea, itch, itchy, itching, rash, rashes.
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