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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Daquino
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vac ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Virus: Coming in contact with a Shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. That person could develop chicken pox (not ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to an ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Beede
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactiv ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
24 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Zoster: a/k/a zoster, it is an infection caused by the chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash and blisters. Initial exposure to the virus causes chickenp ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Francis
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
1—2 weeks: It is contagious until scabs are totally dry, but requires direct contact
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: But not by droplets the way chicken pox is tramsmitted. If you touch th fluid from one of the shingles then get it in a cut or eye, mouth. Or nose a ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Weeks
44 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The fluid inside the blisters of shingles contains the varicella/zoster virus. Anyone who lacks immunity to chicken pox (varicella) could become infec ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
When skin is broken: Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, cov ... Read More
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