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Can I catch pityriasis rosea?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

We know pityriasis rosea is not caused by a bacteria or fungus so it isn’t contagious from those if you touch it. However, experts have a hunch that it is caused by a virus (maybe a herpes virus), so it is possible that you may be able to get the virus from someone who has it and then get the rash. The rash itself does not appear to be contagious by touch but seems to be a reaction to an internal virus (Best guess).

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