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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and wasn't vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract and is rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

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. ...Read more

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R shingles contagious?

R shingles contagious?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How contagious is shingles?

How contagious is shingles?

Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactivate, travel to the skin and causes shingles. If you have never had, or been vaccinated for, chicken pox you could catch chicken pox from someone with shingles. Shingles exposure is also dangerous for pregnant women and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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What is shingles? Is it contagious?

Zoster: A/k/a zoster, it is an infection caused by the chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash and blisters. Initial exposure to the virus causes chickenpox (fever, malaise, rash) and it eventually becomes dormant in the nerve system. It might get reactivated and cause these painful rash/blisters. If you have no immunity to chickenpox, direct contact with open sores can lead to chickenpox. ...Read more

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How long is shingles contagious for?

How long is shingles contagious for?

For...: Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted). ...Read more

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Is it true that shingles contagious?

Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest sign. ...Read more

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When does shingles become contagious?

Wet: As long the little blisters (vesicles) are wet/moist, they are contagious. Once it has fully dried up they it is no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious at all times?

Are shingles contagious at all times?

Yes: The fluid inside the blisters of shingles contains the varicella/zoster virus. Anyone who lacks immunity to chicken pox (varicella) could become infected if they have contact with the skin lesions of someone with shingles. Once the skin has healed there should be no risk of spreading infection. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Varicella: Shingles is Varicella zoster (chicken pox). Fluid filled blisters that rupture would be potentially infective to those who have never had chicken pox. Pregnant women regardless of past infection or not are extremely vulnerable in regards to the fetus. ...Read more

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Is my shingles still contagious after a week?

Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days. ...Read more

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My question. Is the shingles is it contagious?

Shingles: If the shingles are in the stage of blisters, then it contagious for individuals that have not been exposed to the virus. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious. I have small children.

Are shingles contagious. I have small children.

Shingles not contag.: Shingles cannot be passed between people. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread, by direct contact with fluid from one of the blisters, from a person with active shingles, to a person who has never had chickenpox. In this case, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. ...Read more

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My brother has shingles, when is he most contagious?

See below: Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, as long as there are new blisters forming and old blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread and the contagious period is over. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious to other people when I touch them?

Shingles: They can be contagious to people who have not had chicken pox if they have direct contact with the lesions. It is the same virus that caused chicken pox earlier in life that stays dormant in your body in nerves and comes out due to a stressor ...Read more

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How long do you think is a person with shingles contagious?

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 resolve or "crust over", they are no longer considered contagious. This process can take 1-2 weeks from onset of rash. ...Read more

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After having the shingles shot am I still contagious to others?

Shingles: This condition is caused by a recrudescence of prior infection with the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. The purpose of the immunization is to prevent outbreaks. It will not eradicate the virus from your body, but you will not be communicating disease to anybody else unless you have active shingles and are in contact with someone who has not had chickenpox or vaccine. ...Read more

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When before someone is diagnosed with shingles are they contagious?

See details: They are contagious as long as one has active skin lesions. The skin lesions usually appear within 3 or 4 days of the initial burning sensation. ...Read more

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Can you please give me a technical description of shingles and is it contagious?

Chicken pox virus: The virus attacks a nerve to cause the typical rash. It is usually non contagious but it is possible that you might give a child chicken pox. ...Read more

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When is shingles not contagious anymore?

Completely dry: When the scabs are completely fallen off the infection has resolved although it is not contagious exvept through direct contact. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious for a 4 week old?

Are shingles contagious for a 4 week old?

Yes!: Definitely avoid any contact with a four week old. The baby is too young to get chickenpox vaccine! ...Read more

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How do you know when shingles is no longer contagious?

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 forming and old blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread & the contagious period is ove. ...Read more

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How do you know when shingles are no longer contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak is it contagious?

Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak is it contagious?

Yes: A person with shingle sheds the same virus that causes chickenpox. You cannot transmit shingle, but if the contact has not had chickenpox or vaccination for chickenpox the contact may get chickenpox. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is shingles contagious on a solid surface?

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 blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread and the contagious period is over. ...Read more

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Is kissing contagious if I have shingles that is on my lower back?

Is kissing contagious if I have shingles that is on my lower back?

I hope so.: While I hope kissing is contagious in the best sense of spreading affection and love, it is highly unlikely that you could spread herpes if the infection is not in your mouth and you didn't recently contaminate lips or mouth with secretions from shingles' lesions located elsewhere. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are shingles coupled with lupus, and is shingles contagious?

Very contagious: Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same organism as chicken pox. It is very contagious. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

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