A 23-year-old member asked:
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can you get shingles/chicken pox from showering in the same shower as someone who has it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely to happen: Herpes zoster (shingles) is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster, and not give chicken pox to the person he touches. It is very unlikely to catch the virus from a shower stall if showering separately.
Answered on Dec 1, 2012
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Dr. Peterson Pierre
23 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: Chicken pox is airborne so it's unlikely you will get it from the shower. Shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox in your own body so you wouldn't get that from someone else.
Answered on Feb 20, 2016
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