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if shingles are scabbed are they contagious still

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Once they're all scabbed, they're no longer contagious.

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
60 years experience Pain Management
Not likely: This lesions being dry and essentially gone are beyond the contagion stage.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
27 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Shingles: This condition is caused by a recrudescence of prior infection with the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. The purpose of the immunizatio ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kong
Dr. John Kong answered
18 years experience Dentistry
Yes: The virus that caused shingles (varicella zoster virus) can be passed to another person who never had chicken pox if that person contacts the active b ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. This is a comment from one of the doctors who provides answers to questions. I can understand why you are upset by this. I was wondering about ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Depends.: Shingles (herpes zoster) is only contagious by contact with the vesicles until they all crust over. How long it takes to heal can depend on where they ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Minimal if any: In deference to chickenpox, you do not have virus in your oral secretions or cough during shingles.The debris from weepy sores in the breakout area ha ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably not, but...: Most likely it's no longer contagious, but maybe possiblly transmissible until crusts have dried and fallen away, and all vesicles (blisters) cleared ... Read More
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