Pityriasis Rosea Rash Severity and Quality of Life

Title: Effect on quality of life in patients with pityriasis rosea: is it associated with rash severity?
: Chuh AA and Chan HH
Publication: Int J Dermatol. 2005 May;44(5):372-7.

The authors wanted to see whether the severity of pityriasis rosea’s rash affect the patient’s Quality of Life (as measured by an index called the Dermatology Life Quality Index). They recruited patients with pityriasis rosea, acne vulgaris (common acne), and atopic dermatitis (eczema).

They also measured the severity of these skin conditions using various tests:

Skin Condition Severity Grading System
Pityriasis rosea Pityriasis Rosea Severity Score (PRSS)
Atopic dermatitis SCORing Atopic Dermatitis Index (SCORAD)
Acne vulgaris Leeds Acne Grading System (LAGS)

The results:

Skin Condition Quality of Life
Atopic dermatitis 12 ± 5.38
Acne vulgaris 6.86 ± 4.53
Pityriasis rosea 6.36 ± 5.79

This suggested that the quality of life for pityriasis rosea patients were significantly below that of atopic dermatitis patients, but was similar to those suffering from acne.

Interestingly, the quality of life index did not vary according to severity for pityriasis patients. In contrast, the quality of life of acne and atopic dermatitis patients varied according to the severity of those conditions.

Main Menu
Health Articles
Health News
Health Research
Site Map

Health Conditions
Cardiovascular Health
Digestive Health
Infectous Diseases
Musculoskeletal Health
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Skin Health

Misc. Health Articles
Presidential Diseases

Medical Research

Pityriasis Rosea
Pityriasis Rosea Overview
Research Summaries

©copyright 2004 - Health In Plain English. All Rights Reserved.

Health Articles Health News Health Research Explained in Plain English