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if you haven t had chickenpox can you get shingles

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Possible: Exposure to a person with Shingles can transmit the virus that causes chickenpox as both are due to the same virus. if your contact did not have chick ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not so much: Shingles reflects a re-activation of the chickenpox virus. It differs from Cpx, the virus is not passed in airborne droplets or the persons saliva, ju ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
No: Theoretically - no! but most people have had chickenpox w/out knowing it, so don't be surprised to develop them in your life.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes : More than 50% of chickenpox can present without any symptoms, like the lesions they usually have. So having shingles is a possibility.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly: But you can help to minimize the risk by getting the vz vaccine. Children who have not had chickenpox should get it, and those over 13 years old shou ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine is considered 85% protective while two doses bring this up to 95% or better.Those with shingles are not as likely to spre ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Neither more or less: The only chickenpox age that raises the risk is very young, 50%. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/shingles-and-chickenpox-varicellazoste ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The shingles reflect a re-activation of the chickenpox virus. It differs, in that the virus is not passed in airborn droplets or the persons saliva, j ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: You state you were exposed to shingles but never had chickenpox, and then ask if you can have shingles again?This is confusing.More than 90% of adults ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but hard to do : Only the debris from weeping shingles sores have live virus that could transmit the disease. It is never in their saliva, a cough or other features th ... Read More

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