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can you catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: No. Lots of misinformation about shingles and chickenpox. Shingles is just a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. You can catch chicken pox from s ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distrib ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
34 years experience Pain Management
No: Shingles is a reactivation of Herpes Zoster virus which has lain dormant in your own nerve cells.A person w/ shingles cannot 'transmit' shingles to so ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: You get shingles from a reactivation of prior chickenpox. This may occur if your immune system is weak, but not from an external exposure to cpx.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
No: But you could get chickenpox if you never had it. Once you have it then you are at risk of shingles in the future.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Shingles/chicken pox: Chicken pox is usually all over the body and associated with fever, illness. Shingles usually is limited to one side of body and one nerve area--seg ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Rare but possible: The shingles patient can only spread the germ through contact with the debris, not through saliva or a cough as would be the case with chickenpox.Also ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but hard to do : Only the debris from weeping shingles sores have live virus that could transmit the disease. It is never in their saliva, a cough or other features th ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not so much: Shingles reflects a re-activation of your own chickenpox virus. The virus is kept in check by your own circulating immunity. It can occur if/when your ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Possible: Exposure to a person with Shingles can transmit the virus that causes chickenpox as both are due to the same virus. if your contact did not have chick ... Read More
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