Medallion sickness affects the body, usually in school-aged children and young adults. The disease is most common in spring and autumn. Medallion sickness often goes away by itself within six weeks, but sometimes it can take longer.
The rash may remain up to six months, but it is unusual. The disease does not infect humans and it is unusual to get it back. Probably medallion sickness is due to a virus.
The disease is also called mountain rose and it is called pityriasis rosea in medical language.
Symptoms of medallion sickness
The disease starts with a rash, a so-called primary medallion. The rash can sit anywhere on the trunk, upper arms or thighs. The rash is oval and a few centimeters long. After a few days or sometimes longer, there will often be many rashes. These rashes are smaller in size than the primary medallion, and they come on the same body parts. It is unusual to get a rash on the face.
The rashes are pink and scales. Sometimes they can itch.
Treatment for medallion sickness
There is no treatment for medallion sickness. It heals by itself. You can try prescription cortisone cream if the itchy rash.
Itching can get worse if the skin is dry. Therefore, it is good to be frugal with soap and water and to lubricate with emollient cream.
When and where should I seek care?
You do not need to seek care as medallion sickness goes away by itself.
Contact a health care center if you have an itch or are unsure if the rash is a medallion. You can contact many receptions by logging in.