3 doctors weighed in:
If I have pityriasis, will I give it to the people around me?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Officially, no
The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown, but it may be a virus (because sometimes several people get the rash around the same time).
If it is due to a virus, the way it is transmitted from one person to another is also unknown. So, at this time, the rash is not considered contagious. However, knowing human nature, somebody who gets the rash after touching you may blame you for passing it to him!

In brief: Officially, no
The cause of pityriasis rosea is unknown, but it may be a virus (because sometimes several people get the rash around the same time).
If it is due to a virus, the way it is transmitted from one person to another is also unknown. So, at this time, the rash is not considered contagious. However, knowing human nature, somebody who gets the rash after touching you may blame you for passing it to him!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is an accurate and wise answer -- from a physician who knows both science and human nature.
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology
In brief: No
Pityriasis rosea is not contagious.

In brief: No
Pityriasis rosea is not contagious.
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
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