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Avoid Exposure To Chickenpox And Shingles
You can't: You can't get shingles if you've never had the chicken pox, unless you have been vaccinated for the chicken pox. Shingles should not be contagious, however if you have never been vaccinated or had the disease, you should avoid that person or at least consult with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Location/spread ??: Chickenpox is a body wide infection with varicella virus that has come to the skin surface at the end of the prodrome period. The pox come out in crops of new blisters of various size & stage over a 5-7 day period. Shingles is the return of the varicella virus from hibernation in a nerve and limits its pain & blistering to the area of skin supplied by the nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have shingles on my back and my husband never had chickenpox how can he get it can he get buy touch me or does he have touch just spott?
Possibly: Studies show most adults have blood evidence of a prior cpx infection even if they were never diagnosed. They may have acquired the germ during their mothers pregnancy and never knew it. Anyone with the germ in their system can have shingles at some point. I saw it in an 11 month old whose parent had no knowledge of a prior cpx infection. ...Read more
Yes and no: Most adults (90%) who do not remember ever having cpx have blood evidence of prior infection. Once in your system, the cpx germ hibernates in nerve roots along the front of your spine and at some point may emerge as shingles. If you had the chickenpox vaccine, but not chickenpox, there is some risk of shingles from the vaccine virus doing the same thing. ...Read more
Shingles/chicken pox: Chicken pox is usually all over the body and associated with fever, illness. Shingles usually is limited to one side of body and one nerve area--segment of face or trunk or arm or leg, and is usually not associated with systemic illness. You usually need to have had chicken pox to get shingles (local reactivation of chicken pox). Your dermatologist can clarify. ...Read more
Shingles: No. Lots of misinformation about shingles and chickenpox. Shingles is just a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. You can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles if you are not immune to the chicken pox, but not vice versa. Nowadays, most infants are vaccinated at 12 months. Adults can receive a booster (shingles vaccine) later in life. ...Read more
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