A 43-year-old member asked:
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help plz! can shingles rash spread to other parts of body by touching?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Shingles is confined to the nerve distribution of whatever nerve is infected (we call these 'dermatomes'). So the rash will spread out as a band only on one side (L or R) of the body. It may take a couple days to fully spread out and become red, blistery & painful. Hopefully seeing a doc before that happens could limit or prevent that. I've shut down 2 cases where the pt came in just before rash.
Answered on May 18, 2019

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