Cryptothecia rubrocincta- pink lichen in Florida. An exploration of anti-fungal medicine
Pink lichen is a skin disease, the etiology of which has not been fully understood. It occurs mainly in cold weather (spring and autumn) with hypothermia, after infectious diseases, intestinal infections or vaccinations.
This pathology occurs mainly in adults (20-40 years old), less often in children under 10 years old. The second name of this pathology is Zhiber's disease.
The causes of pink lichen: herpes viruses (although this is not considered proven), allergic reactions, prolonged stress, as well as various bacterial infections transferred before.
There is also speculation that insects (lice and bedbugs) may be carriers.
The opinions of all researchers agree on one thing: the causes of this pathology are hidden behind the states of immunosuppression. But what caused the suppression should be determined by the doctor.
Despite the fact that Zhibert's disease belongs to the infectious group of diseases, it is not contagious in itself, i.e. not contagious. Rare cases of family transmission have been reported.
Nevertheless, doctors recommend that during the period of illness, use cotton clothes and linen that not only do not cause irritation, but can also be disinfected by steam or high temperature (ironing).
Symptoms of lichen pink are not only rashes and the presence of a maternal plaque:
- Before the appearance of a rash, many patients complain of joint pain, general malaise, sometimes fever and, less often, swelling of the cervical lymph nodes;
- The rash appears as pinpoint pink spots that grow to the size of a 2-kopeck coin. Pink lichen of Zhibert manifests itself mainly on the trunk, less often on the limbs, head or genitals. The rash is located along the Langer's lines (lines of skin tension directed perpendicular to the axis of muscle contraction), which causes the rash to make the patient feel taut;
- Spots are round or oval and appear periodically. Within 2-3 days of the disease, the spots become brown, the center becomes lower than the edges (they seem to be raised), the spot is covered with horny scales and does not peel off. A few days later, after peeling the scales, the stain does not change its color, but the border around it acquires a pink color, the so-called medallion;
- Two weeks before the onset of the rash, half of the patients developa spot about 3-4 cm in diameter, peeling over the entire surface - this is a maternal spot;
- After the rash disappears, areas of the skin with impaired pigmentation may remain.
In most patients, pink lichen treatment does not require specific medical interventions and is limited to general recommendations: limit water procedures, sunbathing, cosmetics and wear cotton underwear and clothes. And also the appointment of multivitamin preparations.
In some cases, patients are prescribed antihistamines (suprastin, diazolin, tavegil, etc.), which reduce obsessive itching. In cases where the disease is complicated by a bacterial infection (or it was brought in by scratching the skin), the doctor may prescribe antibiotics in tablets or an ointment containing an antibiotic for topical use.
It is also quite often recommended to treat the skin with salicylic alcohol for two weeks.
In medicine, there is no such thing as an ointment for depriving pink, like any other. All that needs to be smeared, applied or wiped is prescribed by the doctor solely based on the examination of a particular patient.
If the doctor has established a connection between the pink lichen that has arisen in this patient with allergic reactions in the body, then ointments and talkers containing substances that suppress allergies (prednisone, hydrocortisone, diphenhydramine) can be prescribed to such a patient.
If the cause of the decrease in immunity was the herpes virus, then antiviral drugs in ointments, tablets or drops (both for local use and for internal use) can be prescribed.
This includes drugs such as acyclovir, herpevir, proteflazid, etc. In no case should such drugs be used independently, their use should be solely for their intended purpose and only under the supervision of a specialist.
In traditional medicine, the Golden Whisker is most often used.
Gruel or juice from its leaves remarkably eliminates itching and heals combed wounds, especially in children. For compresses, aloe juice, gruel and juice from celandine leaves, and linseed oil are also used.
For general strengthening of the body, aloe juice or extract, decoctions of rose hips, calamus root and other immune stimulants are taken orally. In addition, various ointments are made, but before using any traditional medicine, consult your doctor.
For pink lichen, products are recommended that practically do not cause allergies (in rare cases when the patient has a so-called polyvalent allergy): lean meat and fish, dairy products, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, uzvar and compotes, not strong tea and still mineral water.
In any case, having found symptoms of pink lichen in yourself and, especially, in the child, hurry to the doctor. Do not self-medicate. Becausey, if this is precisely Gibert's disease, then it can go away on its own, and your self-medication will cause complications.
And if this is another pathology with similar symptoms (other types of lichen, toxidermia, syphilis and its skin manifestations, psoriasis, seborrheic eczema), then self-medication can lead to detrimental consequences for the whole organism.