A 44-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

how do you know when shingles are no longer contagious?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Julia Sanchez
16 years experience Pain Management
No rash: As long as you can see the rash, it can be contagious. The blisters contain the herpes virus.
Answered on Sep 17, 2019
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes zoster: Shingles are not contagious to anyone who has had chickenpox, which is most of society. Once you have had chickenpox the virus is with you the rest of your life.
Answered on Mar 16, 2014
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

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
1
1 comment
2
2 thanks
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles: A person with shingles is contagious only by direct contact. They are contagious for as long as they have a blister-type lesion. Once the blisters r ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Shingles doesn"t : Cause shingles-it causes chicken pox. Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, as long as there are new blisters form ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Blisters key: Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, (they get chicken pox) as long as there are new blisters forming and old blis ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month