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i have shingles can i go to work

A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Yes: There is no risk of spreading it. Often the pain can limit activity, but if you feel up to working then by all means go.
Dr. Adam Bodian
35 years experience Dermatology
You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as yo ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes....: Yes if you have taken anti- viral medication.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Unlikelly to spread: Most people have had chickenpox and the ones who don't did not because they have been vaccinated. Thus, it seems highly unlikely that you would spread ... Read More
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Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Direct contact risk : Consider not going to work if there is a risk of people coming into direct contact with the vesicles - wait until they have scabbed over. Moreover ... Read More
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Who will be exposed?: The scabs are also a source of varicella virus. Taking valacyclivir makes you much less contagious. Must be careful of even proximity to people with l ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. HECTOR Franco
46 years experience Dermatology
Depends on severity: To a large extent the ability to return to work depends on the severity of the shingles rash and/or the associated neuralgia. Shingles is caused by ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Depends: It really depends. If you're work involves touching people, you might want to wait until the blisters dry and heal over since you can spread the viru ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
9 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends on you: It just depends on where your outbreak is located like on your face or if you are in any discomfort. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox tha ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
29 years experience Pain Management
Within 2 weeks: In individuals with a healthy immune system, the sores crust over and are no longer infectious by day 7 to 10, and the rash generally disappears withi ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Francis
Specializes in Pain Management
Not high: If it is already in the later stages where they have no blisters from the herpes virus. Not high. Just make sure you wash your hands regularly.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: Good home care also can help shingles heal faster. Take care of any skin sores, and keep them clean. Take your medicines as directed. If you are bothe ... Read More
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
39 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: This should not cause you to fail the physical exam for work - I would tell them that you have shingles.

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