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TO be grateful to Dr Google, if still resentful that I have an undignified ailment?

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SolidGoldBrass Mon 10-Nov-14 14:14:14

Diagnosed myself on Google, took myself to the nearest pharmacist, who agreed and sold me a tube of ointment. So there is a lot of relief that my incredibly busy week is not fucked up and I have no need to go into quarantine - and don't need to panic about the cost of pest controllers either - but I am still gnashing my teeth a bit. I have a horrid rash which is something called Pityriasis Rosea: harmless, not infectious but fucking itchy and ugly.

Yes this is indeed a blatant plea for sympathy or at least an opportunity for you all to mock...

mummyrunnerbean Mon 10-Nov-14 14:18:26

I had that a month or so ago! Looks vile doesn't it... GP (I didn't trust my self-diagnosis!) said it can be caused by stress. Hate to tell you but it took almost four weeks to go.

You definitely get sympathy though!

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 10-Nov-14 14:18:43

Why is it undignified? Where exactly is the rash?

flapjackattack Mon 10-Nov-14 14:19:02

A dr has more than once used google to 'assist' diagnosis with me. So yanbu

Chippednailvarnish Mon 10-Nov-14 14:24:00

Dr Google has often informed me I am terminally ill, so I've stopped consulting him as he's clearly wrong!

SolidGoldBrass Mon 10-Nov-14 14:35:02

I have it all over my torso, basically, from neck to pubes, front and back. It's particularly lovely on my norks. and it is SOOOOO itchy. I have a lot of meetings to sit through this week which is not going to be fun sad

raltheraffe Mon 10-Nov-14 21:30:16

When I met my ex he was convinced he was dying of pancreatic cancer thanks to Dr Google and was too scared to see a GP. He just had gallstones.

Hoviscats Mon 10-Nov-14 21:34:51

I had that a few years ago. I am also sorry to say that I had it for about 6 weeks confused I shed several layers of skin all over my torso. Grim.

I seem to remember the most memorable thing about it was the way that every time I stood up from my desk at work, my lap was covered in skin shed from under my top. Beautiful. grin

thankswine

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Mon 10-Nov-14 21:39:45

I've got that too! Four weeks in & it's finally going thank God as I feel as though I've got some unsightly medieval skin disease.

AtALoss123 Mon 10-Nov-14 21:41:28

I had that a few years ago. Sadly my brother is a patient of Dr Google who has convinced him he has MS. Our surgery is very understanding and has sent him for all manner of tests and scans but he remains convinced. Poor thing worries constantly about it.

ModernToss Mon 10-Nov-14 21:44:32

Careful when googling though, it doesn't just encourage hypochondria - I got my worst ever computer virus (ha!) from googling medical sites.

raltheraffe Mon 10-Nov-14 21:49:07

I got like that at med school when I had to learn about all the illnesses. Once I managed to convince myself early in the day I was hyperthyroid and later on hypothyroid.

usmama Mon 10-Nov-14 22:55:08

I'd be resentful that the pharmacist conned you into buying a (probably expensive) ointment that is unlikely to make a difference as pityriasis is self-resolving

asmallandnoisymonkey Mon 10-Nov-14 23:03:56

I've had this before - previous posters are right - there's no ointment that got rid of mine - it just cleared itself up. Looked bloody AWFUL after a bath/shower

SlightlyNerdyPianist Mon 10-Nov-14 23:40:14

I had that too. Calamine helped, I think. Itchy as hell, drove me nuts for weeks until it cleared.

DishwasherDogs Mon 10-Nov-14 23:44:46

Dr Google diagnosed my Dh a whole week before neurologists did.
Unfortunately I dismissed it as it was very rare. I wish I'd said something to the GP, it could have caught Dh in time before he had a stroke.

Hope you're not itchy for too long.

erin99 Tue 11-Nov-14 00:13:58

Was it antihistamine cream? I always think the tablets work better.

You poor thing, I had it and a new boyfriend at the same time. Weirdly I had it twice and it looked completely different the second time. My GP enjoyed diagnosing it though - i think she was quite pleased with herself!

pennefab Tue 11-Nov-14 01:16:03

OP - YANBU. Hope you can find some relief.

Ralth- your ex with gallstones - one of the most painful experiences I ever had. Took several trips to dr & emergency to get correct diagnosis. I thought having a heart attack!

Notmeagain1 Tue 11-Nov-14 03:28:09

Aveno oatmeal lotions and baths help a lot with controlling the itching. Pps are right, it just has to sort itself out. Sorrysad

barmybunting Tue 11-Nov-14 04:14:09

It's a horrible rash to get, so itchy! Unfortunately, as the other posters have said, nothing seems to get rid of it and is goes in its own time. I hate to say it took 5 months for it all to disappear for me, but this is during pregnancy so may be worse due to that I think.

I hope you get some relief soon!

R4roger Tue 11-Nov-14 05:48:43

Dr Google diagnosed my mum and mumsnet confirmed it, did you come here for advice as well op because it can be worthwhile? wink

LoxleyBarrett Tue 11-Nov-14 06:58:40

Pharmacists are not in the habit of conning people Usmama. Standard treatment is emollient and anti-histamine (less than £5) and prescribed topical steroid if needed.

Here is the CKS if you need convincing

cks.nice.org.uk/pityriasis-rosea

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 11-Nov-14 07:06:22

Dd had this. It's horrible. Lasted more than the six weeks.

Her skin never really recovered tbh.

You have my sympathies

raltheraffe Tue 11-Nov-14 10:04:25

My ex had the gallbladder removed eventually and all the symptoms stopped. He asked Google about pain and jaundice and the answer came back as pancreatic cancer and caused him a lot of worry.

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