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can you catch shingles from someone with chicken pox

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Shingles is a return of the chickenpox virus to an active state after hibernation in a nerve root.I have seen it occur in toddlers. It is a sign he ha ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Chickenpox is the bodies response to the first infection by this virus. Shingles is s re-awakening of the same virus that was hibernating in the same ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Possbly: The shingles patient is not as contagious as regular chickenpox.Their sneezes, oral secretions, etc are not carrying the virus. However, the debris sh ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Opposite is true: You will only have shingles if you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past.You may not remember having chickenpox, or it may have been ca ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: Natural immunity to chickenpox only occurs when you have had the wild chickenpox. Artificial immunity occurs when you have had the vaccine. In either ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See Below: Shingles is not contagious. It is a reactivation of the previous chickenpox infection.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Shingles: If you have ever had even a mild case of chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in your body forever. It can be reactivated due to changes in y ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: If you had shingles, your body acquired the chickenpox virus at some point. It may have been very early or not had typical blisters, but you had it. B ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arlo Miller
14 years experience Dermatology
Yes, : Yes, until the shingles lesions have crusted over, grandma is contagious. Vzv vaccination is usually not recommended until 12 months of age, so it is ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rausch
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from develo ... Read More
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