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does shingles spread on your body

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
No : One cannot spread shingles to different parts of his or her own body.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience Pain Management
No: You could transmit chicken pox to someone who has never had it, but you cannot transmit shingles to anyone else or spread it in your body.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Shingles is confined to the nerve distribution of whatever nerve is infected (we call these 'dermatomes'). So the rash will spread out as a band only ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
No: It is caused by herpes zoster that infects a particular nerve, commonly on one side of the chest. Its spread is confined to the distribution of the ne ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: Nope. Herpes only affects the skin where you were infected. It does nit migrate to any other part of the body.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It can go from very local lesions, such as with genital herpes, to widespread, such as with chicken pox.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Anywhere.: You can get herpes virtually anywhere.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Davant
48 years experience Family Medicine
Sea lice: You are probably talking about sea lice and once you have washed well they will not spread anymore.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Viral infection: Viruses cannot live independently. They invade our cells and alter the metabolism of the cells such that the virus can replicate itself using the cell ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
No: Eczema is not an infectious disease and can not be spread. It just can appear on other parts of your body at different times.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derron Wilson
24 years experience Pain Management
Possibly: Herpes simplex virus lives in the nerves after you are infected with chicken pox. It can resurface almost anywhere, but the lip would be an uncommon ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: See a dermatologist because that certainly doesn't sound like herpes.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Airborn/ contact: The varicella virus is passed by new active cases by droplet (cough or secretions) and by contact with debris from blisters. It is estimated that as f ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Very unlikely: Transfer of herpes from one part of the body to another is called auto-inoculation. It sometimes occurs during someone's first infection with the viru ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and no: The HPV viruses are members of a viral family that tends to remain forever in the host it infects. Many will develop enough antibody response to clear ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Sheskier
38 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Depends: There are many different tyes of myositis with various causes . Need to be more specific.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yeast infection: This will not spread in the manner in which you have described. Everybody has candida in their GI tract and it only produces clinically relevant dise ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Decades : The virus is acquired in childhood as chicken pox and is latent in the body for decades.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yun Tran
Dr. Yun Tran answered
15 years experience Family Medicine
Possibily: Some people with intact skin develop herpetic whitlow after touching herpetic sore, others don't. There is no way to tell who will get it. If you wash ... Read More

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