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Are shingles contagious airborne

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
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 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Virus: Coming in contact with a Shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. That person could develop chicken pox (not ... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes.
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Beede
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactiv... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Francis
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
1—2 weeks: It is contagious until scabs are totally dry, but requires direct contact
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: But not by droplets the way chicken pox is tramsmitted. If you touch th fluid from one of the shingles then get it in a cut or eye, mouth. Or nose a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
When skin is broken: Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, cov... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, by contact: Chicken pox and shingles are due to the same virus (the zoster virus). If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox,... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology 27 years experience
Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days.

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