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how does shingles spread to others

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
It is limited: Shingles can only spread along the nerve. That nerve has an end. The danger is when the area affected involves the eye.

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A 44-year-old member asked:
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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Dr. William Coutts ii
25 years experience Family Medicine
Chicken pox: Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox in young children. The virus gets into your nerves and remains dormant until you have so ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
If active shingles: At birth baby could get chicken pox.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: Yes certainly especially if its infecting one of the nerves that goes into the leg.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
31 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Chickenpox is the one spread by exhaling the virus. The virus of shingles is confined to the skin lesion. You can spread it to others by having the ... Read More
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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 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
38 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles: What you describe is unusual behaviour for shingles, which typically only affects a limited area of the body at one time. You may have something else ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
37 years experience Pain Management
No: Do not worry, it will have no bearing on the ultimate course.
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