Lichen is a fungal infection on the skin that can be spread by direct contact with a sick animal. To identify lichen and not get infected, you need to know what it looks like and what symptoms accompany it.
Lichen refers to those diseases that are easily and quickly transmitted from animal to person. If this disease was noticed in a cat, the likelihood of transmission of lichen from a sick animal to its owner increases many times over. Lichen responds to treatment poorly enough, so it is important to identify it at the earliest stages. It is necessary to periodically check your pet's coat for preventive purposes. This is especially true of those animals that the owners let go for a walk on the street.
How is lichen from cats transmitted?
The owner needs to have direct contact with his pet. The disease is transmitted easily, for example, through stroking. Kittens with low immunity most often suffer from lichen, but this disease is also observed in adult cats. Shingles are transmitted from one animal to another, and a person in this case is no exception. You can also get shingles from a street cat, since the disease can easily spread not only on the street, but also through clothes or shoes.
The main symptoms of infection
It is very difficult to recognize lichen in the early stages of its appearance. But four days after infection, the animal has reddish bald patches, accompanied by peeling. Most often, lichen is localized in the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe legs, tail and ears, but it can also be observed in other parts of the body. Over time, lichen spots greatly increase in size and grow. The same symptoms are observed in people infected with shingles.
Common types of lichen
Currently, several varieties of lichen are known, but all of them are considered dangerous not only for cats, but also for humans.
Pink lichen is considered the most dangerous, and it can be identified by spots of a pinkish-yellow hue. These spots are small and rounded. First, the largest spot appears on the human body, called the "maternal plaque". Then the skin becomes covered with numerous small specks. In places of infection, severe itching occurs, and the skin begins to peel off.
Pityriasis rosea not only appears suddenly, but also quickly disappears. The incubation period of the disease is approximately six weeks.
Ringworm is considered the most common type of lichen in cats. It also spreads quickly from a sick animal to a person. Its main features are oval or round spots not exceeding 2 cm in diameter. Ringworm is transmitted instantly from one area of the body to another, from one animal to another. In the place where the spots form, baldness begins, the infected areas itch and become covered with scales.