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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. cough ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Daquino
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vac ... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to an ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes.
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Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: They are contagious until all the lesions have crusted over.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
31 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Allergies are your body's unique reactions to allergens that your body recognizes as foreign to your system. If it is an inhaled allergen, it would c ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Herpangina: Usually occurs in children but can occur in anyone. It is a viral infection and it is contagious. Patients usually develop ulcers in the back of the ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Once they're all scabbed, they're no longer contagious.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Davidson
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Yes, they are highly contagious, and are spread via the fecal to oral route. That can happen if a child doesn't wash their hands after using the bathr ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Blass
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Many are: In fact many are highly contagious. Please be extra precarious with hand hygiene around individuals that are suffering with diarrhea.
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cecilia Alailima
32 years experience General Practice
Yes, any physical: Or airborne droplet contact may transmit viruses. Note this has been happening since the day you were born so most viral transmissions do not cause ha ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Fevers: Fevers themselves are not contagious. However, germs that may be causing fevers often are.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willam Lau
9 years experience Infectious Disease
When symptomatic: Virus is shed and transmitted in the respiratory secretions of the symptomatic patient (sneezing, fever, chilling, coughing).
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: chickenpox is very contagious!
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Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Yes: Yes pinworms are passed through contact between two people. This can be avoided by proper hand washing however young children typically are a major re ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: It depends if what you have truly are boils.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rohde
34 years experience General Practice
Sort of: Boils contain bacteria. They are contagious in the sense that another person could become infected from the bacteria, especially if they have a weak i ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it can be: Eczema herpeticform is commonly caused by Hepes Simplex virus type1or2,may also be caused by Coxackie virus A16 or Vaccinia Virus and is contagious by ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes s ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Warts are easily spread to others and spread to other parts of the body.Early treatment is best and the highest cure rate is on fewest warts.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Through skin to skin contact the virus (hpv) that causes warts can spread from one person to another. It can aslo be spread to mucous linings like in ... Read More
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