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how fast does shingles spread

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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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Quite slowly: It is difficult to define. But it does not spread all that fast. You have a few months before you need to worry about that.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Person to person: Contact with infectious material from an person with smallpox is how this was passed. There are no insects or animals that spread the germ. Since ther ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Very Slowly: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Herpes Simplex Virus: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Body fluids: Mostly from sexual intercourse and from contact with infected blood products.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
IT DEPENDS: It depends on the type of cancer and and the part of body is effected by it some cancers spread very fast and others are slow in their spread to othe ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Spread of Leprosy: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Aerosolized: Aerosolized droplets or rarely infected skin lesions..This is a rare disease because of excellent vaccination outreach.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Skin to skin contact: Syphilis is spread via skin to skin contact with an infected painless sore called a chancre. If the infected sore come into contact with another perso ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Few days if : No trearment given.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but deve ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Poor hygiene: The story of "typhoid mary" is the classic first example of epidemiology at work.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Airborne: When people who have active tuberculosis in the lung cough, thousands to hundreds of thousands of TB causing bacteria become airborne. People in close ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Through Contact: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. Ebo ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Many ways: Tularemia (named for tulare county ca, where discovered), can be acquired by direct contact with animals which carry it (rabbits, wild rodents, beaver ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Close contact: Close contact.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience Dermatology
Contact: Trichophyton is a skin fungus that is spread through contact. It can spread it to exposed areas through contact with affected skin, sharing hats, cont ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: This virus is almost entirely transmitted by intimate contact although there is some data suggesting very close airborne transmission can occur. From ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Many ways: Tularemia (named for tulare county ca, where discovered), can be acquired by direct contact with animals which carry it (rabbits, wild rodents, beaver ... Read More

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