Is pink lichen contagious and how is it transmitted

Many people are interested in the question of whether pink lichen is contagious. It is not possible to answer it precisely because of the lack of clinical studies and scientific evidence of the nature of the origin of this phenomenon. It is believed that the basis of the onset of the disease lies the reduction of the body's defenses. A consequence of this is the inability of immunity to withstand external adverse effects.



  • 1Etiology of the disease
  • 2Transmission of pathology
  • 3Prevention of disease

Etiology of the disease


Before answering the question whether pink lichen is transmitted or not, several existing opinions regarding the origin of the pathology should be considered. They are based on a certain causative agent that causes the appearance of a specific rash on the skin of a person.

So, at present, three main versions are priority:

  1. According to one version, the disease has a viral nature of origin. It is assumed that its causative agent is the herpes virus of one of the types. Its activation occurs only in the presence of a concomitant adverse factor, which drastically reduces the immunity of a person. If you adhere to this point of view regarding the etiology of the disease, pink lichen is a very contagious disease.
  2. Another version is that pink lichen is bacterial or infectious in nature. As a consequence, the person develops colds, and chronic pathologies caused by the action of the pathogen are exacerbated. All this leads to a decrease in the body's defenses and the active growth of pathogenic cells. In this case, the disease is also capable of being transmitted to healthy people.
  3. Another version is to increase the allergic reaction of the organism to the action of the pathogen. They can be both external and internal stimuli. It is believed that people with a genetic predisposition to allergies often suffer from this ailment. It is from this point of view that pathology is not contagious.
One way or another, the causative agent of pink lichen is transmitted from person to person only with a decrease in the immunity of people surrounding the patient.

With the normalization of the body's defenses, the symptoms of an ailment can disappear on their own.

Transmission of pathology

So can you consider pink lichen as an infectious disease? Despite the low degree of contagiousness, it is still possible to catch them. The infection can be transmitted against the background of a decrease in immunity and the presence of co-factors. In rare cases, a healthy person is able to pick up a disease even if there is a sick person in his environment.

How is pink lichen transmitted? The main way to spread it is the contact or household way.

That is why infection can occur as a result of:

  • close contact of a sick and healthy person. Even handshakes are sometimes enough to make the weakened people show signs of a disease;
  • use of personal items of an infected person;
  • finding (or living) in a room with a sick person. In medical practice cases of pathology spread among members of one family, as well as labor collectives;
  • wearing clothing or a hat of a patient.

Given the similarities in the symptoms of various types of lichen, the diagnosis may cause difficulties even for specialists. It is also believed that the causative agent transmitted from a sick domestic or homeless animal is capable of provoking the development of pink lichen in humans. However, this version has no scientific confirmation. It is believed that sick animals are carriers of ringworm, and not Zhibera disease.

Anyway, when specific elements of the rash appear, it is recommended that a patient should adhere to special conditions limiting his contacts with people around him.

Prevention of disease


Preventative measures are aimed at minimizing the risk of infection with pink lichen. Experts recommend to adhere to them not only to people who have undergone pathology, but also to all those who are subject to stress or an unhealthy lifestyle.

Prevention of pink lichen includes:

  1. The composition of the diet in such a way that most of it includes vegetables, fruits, cereals and protein products. Human nutrition should be balanced and useful. You should limit the consumption of butter and confectionery products, as well as carbonated beverages. People prone to allergies, it is recommended to adhere to a special hypoallergenic menu.
  2. Restriction of contacts with the patient.
  3. Refusal from bad habits and sedentary lifestyle.
  4. Preference in choosing clothes and bed linen should be given to materials from natural fabrics (cotton, viscose, etc.).
  5. Purchase of quality cosmetics and skin care products for face and body.
  6. Conducting a healthy lifestyle (walking outdoors, playing sports, as well as conducting health procedures).

The above measures help to strengthen immunity and maintain the body in a vigorous and active state, which is important for the prevention of many viral and infectious diseases.

Observing the simple recommendations of doctors, you can protect yourself from many diseases, including pink lichen.

If you can not avoid the pathology, you should consult a specialist. This will allow you to make the correct diagnosis and, if necessary, begin timely treatment.


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