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Can you catch shingles from an infected person?

Can you catch shingles from an infected person?

Shingles: N/Virus: Y: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox. The varicella zoster virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/shingles/about/transmission.html. ...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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Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Unlikely an issue: A properly vaccinated kid would have about a 5 % risk of ever getting varicella. Ophthalmic shingles is only contagious through the debris from the lesions, not though droplets like regular chickenpox. If the vaccinated child did not have direct contact with the lesions or debris there would be no risk of infection. ...Read more

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Could I catch the chicken pox after eating with a person with shingles?

Could I catch the chicken pox after eating with a person with shingles?

Unlikely to happen: Those with shingles are not as contagious as a those with cpx. Only the debris from active sores contain the virus, not the saliva or a cough.If you are an adult, it is likely you had cpx as a kid, even if you don't remember it, and would never get it again. ...Read more

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Who can catch the shingles?

Who can catch the shingles?

Anyone who has: Had chicken pox, who now has their immunity decrease. ...Read more

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How can you catch shingles?

Shingles: If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is already in your body. It remains dormant in most people but can activate if the immunity is lower e.G in hiv, cancer or even old age.
These days it can be effectively treated if medical attention is sought early on. If you think you have shingles, please see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can you catch shingles from other people?

Can you catch shingles from other people?

Sort of: Shingles represents reactivation of VZV or chicken pox virus in someone who has already been infected. If you have never been infected by VZV before or are not vaccinated for it, and you are exposed to someone with shingles you can easily end up with chicken pox. Then, later on in life, the chicken pox may reactivate in you and give you shingles..... ...Read more

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Can my friend catch shingles from me if I hang around him?

Can my friend catch shingles from me if I hang around him?

Not Shingles but: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox. The varicella zoster virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/shingles/about/transmission.html. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?

Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?

Not really: Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus. If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppressed, never got the vaccine, or got the vaccine but did not make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the skin lesions of the shingles. He cannot catch shingles but can later develop it after he has chicken pox. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to catch something else while you have shingles?

Are you more prone to catch something else while you have shingles?

Yes: Shingles is a marker that your immune system is not working at its best - that;s why the sleeping or jailed chickenpox virus is able to escape its leash and show itself as shingles. By same token, other bacteria nd virus can take advantage of your immune system's weakened state and you can end up with other infections to defend against. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to catching something else while you have shingles?

Are you more prone to catching something else while you have shingles?

Possibly: Most patients with shingles do not contract other infections despite the immune alteration that led to developing shingles. Rarely, shingles lesions might develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My dad has shingles. Can my young children catch it?

My dad has shingles. Can my young children catch it?

Maybe: Shingles is the emergence of hibernating germs from a past case of chickenpox. It is not as contagious as Cpx, not passing in saliva or a cough, but the germs in the weeping debris could cause Cpx. If your kids have had it or the vaccine, they are immune. Good hand washing and covering the wounds can prevent germ spread. The kids won't get "shingles" from your dad. ...Read more

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If someone is on medication for shingles how much of a risk are they in catching herpes?

Herpes and new info: There is no way to honestly or correctly answer this. But, one would assume the risk is lessened while on this medication, but it not more than 50% lessened. One is still at risk for getting infected, even on medication.

Remember the new rules: every sexually active adult needs the herpes blood tests to know their status. One can be infected without knowing it because no sores occurred. ...Read more

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If someone suffers from the shingles really bad and then catches herpes would that make theherpes just as bad.

Shingles = herpes: Shingles is a reactivation of herpes zoster also known as varicella zoster virus (VZV) which causes chickenpox, typically as a child. So the first infection is known as chickenpox which then goes away, actually laying dormant in some nerve root. Upon reactivation, it wanders down nerve & manifests as a stripe of painful blisters known as shingles. Vzv is not same as hsv or herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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If I have adult type II diabetes, am I at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

If I have adult type II diabetes, am I at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

Unlikely: As long as you had chickenpox as child, you are not susceptible to getting it again.
[ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles.

Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read more

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Is it possible to 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

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My child has chickenpox, so will I catch shingles from her chickenpox?

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 more

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Can someone that is talking medicine for the shingles have a lower risk catching hsv1?

Yes: The antiviral medication used for treatment of shingles is the same as the one used for hsv1 & 2. This medication may lower the risk of contracting hsv while it is being taken. Risk reduction does not mean you cannot get it and do not count on it; its still possible to contract it. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my face and wondering if kissing my wife who has had chickenpox before can catch shingles from me from kissing.

I have shingles on my face and wondering if kissing my wife who has had chickenpox before can catch shingles from me from kissing.

No: If she's already had chickenpox, the virus is already "hiding" in body. The real risk is to those who have never been vaccinated or contracted chickenpox in the past. ...Read more

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If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.

Shingles & cold sore: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, cold sores by herpes simplex viruses. Even though they are in the same family, they aren't same, you can't catch one from the other. However, if a person's immune system is not functioning properly due to illness/medications, they are more likely to get eruptions of both shingles and cold sores because these are usually kept in check by immune system. ...Read more

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Husband had shingles as child can he catch chicken pox?

No: Shingles is a return of the chickenpox virus to an active state after hibernation in a nerve root. I have seen it occur in toddlers. It is a sign he had chickenpox at some time before his shingles. He is immunne from catching wild chickenpox, as any weakness in his cpx immunity was repaired by the shingles eruption. ...Read more

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Could you catch chicken pox again after a bout of shingles?

Could you catch chicken pox again after a bout of shingles?

No: Chickenpox is the bodies response to the first infection by this virus. Shingles is s re-awakening of the same virus that was hibernating in the same body. Both events assure that you would never have primary CP again. ...Read more

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Is it likely to catch chicken pox from some one with shingles?

Possbly: The shingles patient is not as contagious as regular chickenpox.Their sneezes, oral secretions, etc are not carrying the virus. However, the debris shed from the shingles blisters contain virus & any contact with that material could infect a non-immune person. Simple hygienic practices like hand washing, and covering the blisters reduces the chance of spread. ...Read more

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Is it possible to only catch shingles if you have not had chicken pox?

Opposite is true: You will only have shingles if you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past. You may not remember having chickenpox, or it may have been called something else when you had it, but you must have the germ hibernating in your body for it to come out later as the shingles. ...Read more

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What happens if you develop natural immunity to chicken pox can you still catch shingles?

What happens if you develop natural immunity to chicken pox can you still catch shingles?

Confusing question: Natural immunity to chickenpox only occurs when you have had the wild chickenpox. Artificial immunity occurs when you have had the vaccine. In either situation, residual virus (wild or vaccine) hibernates in nerve roots in the individual. If that persons virus re-activates, they get shingles. It can happen. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you develop natural immunity to chicken pox can you still catch shingles?

Shingles: If you have ever had even a mild case of chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in your body forever. It can be reactivated due to changes in your immune system function, stress, illness or another exposure to chickenpox. ...Read more

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I've never had chicken pox but I have had shingles before, is it possible to still catch chicken pox?

No: If you had shingles, your body acquired the chickenpox virus at some point. It may have been very early or not had typical blisters, but you had it. Blood tests on 90%+ of adults who say they never had it show they did. You will not get chickenpox but may experience shingles again in your lifetime. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father has shingles can my 5 yr old daughter and newborn catch it?

What do you suggest if my father has shingles can my 5 yr old daughter and newborn catch it?

Maybe/can avoid it: The shingles are reactivated chickenpox, but transmission is very different. Shingles is only passed by direct contact with the virus weeping from sores or in bandages. It is not airborne (like Cpx) nor is it in their saliva.Unvaccinated kids can get (unlikely at 4) it but your newborn is likely protected if you ever had it or the vaccine. Keeping both away from his sores is enough to avoid it. ...Read more

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