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is shingles contagious?

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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 vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems.
Answered on Jul 19, 2019
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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 shingles)
Answered on Jul 19, 2019
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Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes.
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