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Can You Catch Shingles From Someone Who Has Chickenpox
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more
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
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
Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?
No: Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from developing shingles from a reactivation of your own previous chicken pox infection. You will not get shingles from being exposed to a person with shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Doubtful: There appears to be a requirement for skin to skin contact and abrasive force before this tissue surface germ can affix itself and trigger an infection. Saliva also has some anti-infective capabilities. If a person has an altered immune system from HIV or chemo, they may be at risk. Otherwise I doubt it would be an issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you catch chicken pox from someone who recently received vaccine? Specifically if you are pregnant or newborn
Yes,but: It is rare but possible for someone to pass the weakened vaccine virus & that can produce a minimal rash producing illness similar to wild chickenpox. It won't pass to those that are immune or newborns of mothers who had chickenpox (who provide transient immunity to baby through the placenta during pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will chicken pox spread from a person who had chicken pox and if he is staying with a person who is having chicken pox to a person who haven't got .
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
Can someone who has never had chickenpox get the virus from someone who has molluscum? Also where is the best place to get checked for molluscum?
2 different viruses: not causitivie agents. Consult your pCP or dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Sometimes: Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways usually caused by an infection, bacterial, viral, or fungal, which usually remains contagious until effective treatment is on board, e.g. Antibiotics. Once the sputum clears of pathogens then that person is no longer contagious. For common infections that means about 4-5 days of therapy. ...Read more
Are Shingles contagious to someone a child that has had a chicken pox vaccination? To someone that has had chicken pox previously?
No: You can't catch shingles. If you never had chickenpox or the vaccine, contact with the ooze from shingles sores has virus that could give you chickenpox. It is not passed through the air like chickenpox so being around someone with shingles is not a significant risk & no risk at all to anyone immune to the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me, could you with a weak immune system get shingles from someone who has chickenpox?
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more
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