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Can I Catch Shingles From Someone With Chickenpox
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
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
UNLIKELY: Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus living in someone who had chickenpox at a younger age. The trigger for shingles is usually not exposure the virus itself but a stress (e.g. Physical, emotional, etc..) which causes a suppressed immune system allowing the zoster virus to attack nerve(s). Shingles is more common in older people due to waning immunity/antibody levels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have shingles on my face and wondering if kissing my wife who has had chickenpox before can catch shingles from me from kissing.
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
Rare but possible: The shingles patient can only spread the germ through contact with the debris, not through saliva or a cough as would be the case with chickenpox.Also, at a listed age of 50, your chance of never having Cpx as a kid are less than 4%, even if you don't remember it. A simple blood test could prove you once had Cpx and are immune. ...Read more
I have shingles and someone at work said they think they never had chickenpox will the get them I am worried about them. Didn't have close contact ?
Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?
They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby. ...Read more
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