Pink lichen Giber: causes, treatment and prevention

Lichen giber is a dermatological disease of acute
character, which is characterized by the appearance of spots on the body
pink shade in the form of a medallion. The disease is seasonal
nature and develops most often in individuals after acute respiratory
viral infections. This pathology is more common in young
women and children.


  • Causes of pink lichen
  • The clinical picture of the disease
  • Pink lichen diagnostics
  • Treatment, prevention and prognosis of pink depriving Giber
  • Treatment of folk remedies

Causes of pink lichen

The reasons for the development of pink depriving Giber, as in the case of some
skin pathologies are not fully identified. Many experts believe
that the main cause of this disease is
defeat of the body by viral infections. Proof of this
Facts are laboratory tests during which symptoms
pink lichen was observed in individuals after the introduction into their body
streptococcus antibodies.

A number of scientists believe that the cause of the development of this disease
is a herpes virus but compelling research
confirming this fact is not. There is also an opinion that
allergies play a role in the development of the disease
reaction. However, only the fact that
the disease is the result of colds and viral infections.
diseases and develops in immunocompromised patients.
Since this disease is characterized by cyclical and
the absence of relapses, which is directly attributed to the state of the immune

The clinical picture of the disease

In the initial stages of the disease on the body appears
called maternal plaque – a stain of pink. Then skin
around the plaque it dries out, becomes yellow and begins
peel off, which leads to its detachment. The resulting stain
takes the form of a medallion with a dark border and intact edges.
After some time around the main plaque along the lines of Langer
(lines on the skin that indicate the direction of its maximum
extensibility) there are new formations with a similar configuration
and structure.


Spots spread to all parts of the body: chest, back, stomach,
limbs. However, the face, hands, feet and hair
heads are never affected. In most cases, the patient
experiencing painful burning and intense itching. Subjective
sensations depend on the degree of skin irritation and individual
neuro-emotional lability of the patient. In the acute stage
diseases observed symptoms of general malaise: fever,
inflammation of the lymph nodes, weakness, head and joint
the pains.

Symptoms of the disease disappear within 1-2 weeks, sometimes by themselves
without the use of appropriate therapy. Pink versicolor
forms a strong immunity that usually does not give a relapse

Cases of an atypical form of pink lichen without
formation of maternal plaque, with atypical localization: on
face, neck, limbs.

Pink lichen diagnostics

Diagnosing pink lichen is not difficult due to
specific manifestations and traditional symptoms. Diagnoses
disease dermatologist with a clinical examination of the patient. But
in case of a prolonged course of the disease (more than 6 weeks)
it is necessary to carry out differential diagnostics with multi-colored
weaning, parapsoriasis and secondary syphilis.  To exclude
parapsoriasis conduct histological examination and biopsy of the skin.
Bacteriological bacterial culture is necessary to determine
infectious nature of the disease. Fluorescent diagnostics
carried out in the case of differentiation of pink lichen giber and
multi-colored lichen. To exclude secondary syphilis spend
syphilis test (RPR test).

Treatment, prevention and prognosis of pink depriving Giber

The prognosis of the disease is favorable. Since the disease
heals on its own within 1.5-2 months, it does not
requires the use of a specific therapy. But during this period the sick
should be attentive to their health and comply with all
doctor’s recommendations. The first application is shown.
immune modulators able to work the immune system.
The second important point in the treatment of pink lichen is local
treatment using local application therapy, in the form of
ointments and creams containing corticosteroids and antiviral
complexes. Control of the sweating process will help avoid
joining other skin diseases and serious complications.
You must also follow a hypo-allergenic diet and eliminate
allergens from the daily life of the patient.


Preventive measures include the following items:

  • avoid wearing tight clothes, as well as things from synthetic
    and wool fabrics that can mechanically affect the skin and
    cause friction as well as provoke the development of allergic
  • during the time of illness, avoid contact of the affected skin with
  • do not use cosmetics until complete cure;
  • eliminate skin contact with substances capable of causing
    skin irritations (household chemicals, some cosmetic

However, in some cases when applying illiterate local
therapy, with regular mechanical friction of the skin, increased
sweating, susceptibility to allergies occur complications in the form
pyoderma, streptococcal impetigo, folliculitis, eczema. AT
if complications do occur, they are assigned
antihistamines in combination with antibiotics, vitamin
complexes and preparations to strengthen the protective properties of the body.
Topical treatment is carried out with ointments containing corticosteroids.
and antiviral creams.

Treatment of folk remedies

Treatment of folk remedies is carried out only after the exact
diagnosing the disease. Do not self-medicate, so
as it is fraught with complications and the development of chronic disease.
Before deciding on treatment with folk remedies is necessary
specialist advice. In some cases, treatment with folk
means can be very effective with well-conducted
therapy. Vegetable oils based on sea buckthorn, peach, rosehip
help relieve skin irritation and eliminate itching. Lotions
on the basis of tincture Hypericum can reduce rashes and relieve
redness of the skin. Good effect gives a combination of medication
treatment and folk remedies.

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