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A 25-year-old male asked:

a friend of mine has shingles (herpes zoster), he is 24 years old, does that means he is immunosuppressed?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Shingles: Yes and No. Shingles is often brought on by stress and or other situations that lower one's immunity temporarily such as concurrent illness, fatigue, poor nutrition. But, sometimes it just occurs. There is a shingle vaccine. Let's hope once he is healed he will take the vaccine so that this does not happen again.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

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Dr. Jan Rydfors
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for 7 days: Shingles is when dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and causes painful blisters on limited areas of your skin. It will often appear with pregnancy and other immunocompromised states. Shingles is not dangerous to your unborn baby. The best treatment is oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) for seven days. Valtrex is a prescription drug and is felt to be safe to take in pregnancy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not really: Herpes virus types 1 and 2 are contagious, mainly by direct contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get herpes encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Shingles: I have seen many cases of shingles. Some times the rash is more prominent than others. But I have never seen a case without some form of rash.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes: I do not believe so. The virus would need a open sore, crack or cut to enter the body. Could a herpes virus live on food and then brush over a open sore on someone else say for instance sharing a bite on a utensil? Yes , i believe it could be transferred.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes spread: Absolutely, that is how it is spread. If you have a active lesion and the virus enters through his skin or tissue he will be infected. Be open and honest with him and he will respect and love you for this.

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