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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

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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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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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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

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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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