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Can You Get Shingles From Another Person
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
Zoster n the Young: A healthy young person can get shingles. It is more commonly seen in the elderly or in individuals with immunocompromised patients. The notion that a young healthy person cannot get shingles is false. That ave being said, when shingles is seen in this population, the your doctor will ask you a few questions which will help him or her decide if blood tests are necessary. ...Read more
Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It can occur on the skin over any part of the body. ...Read more
Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.
Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?
Would you recommend a person that has vitiligo to get a shingles shot. I am a 49 yr old f that has had shingles in the last 4 months. I also have hpv.?
One dose after 60: The cdc at this time recommends one dose for people over the age of 60. Their investigations into the need for booster shots have not yet shown an advantage, but you might check at 5 year intervals with your doctor or in the literature as time goes by. It is really unpleasant from what i've heard. Best! ...Read more
I had the shingles 3 weeks ago. Someone at work now has the chicken pox, did they get it from me. I was never in direct contact with this person.
Unlikely: The germ from a shingles patient is more restricted than with actual cpx. It is never in their saliva or from a cough, only through direct contact with debris from weeping sores. Normal hand washing and isolation from these sources makes your case an unlikely origin for that person. Unfortunately, cpx is quite contagious for 1-2 days before they breakout.Many never know their source. ...Read more
Herpes zoster: Shingles , also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...Read more
Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sooner or later....: If you live long enough, sooner or later you'll get shingles (zoster). While most common in the elderly, it can show up in young adults as well. Fortunately: most people only get it once; most cases aren't as bad as the drug companies want you to believe; medication (pills) are very helpful if treated early; and a vaccine "zostavax" can prevent it in many people, so discuss it with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: I have seen it as early as 15 months. All it takes is a past infection with chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Statistically the vaccine has less shingles than the wild virus but it can happen. Reactivation in early childhood follows the same pattern that is does in adults although the subjective complaints of pain prior to eruption seems to be less prominent. ...Read more
Shingles : First of course is getting on the appropriate anti-viral medication to treat the underlying cause of the shingles. Then based upon the nerve pain or itch there are numerous pain medications and nerve pain or anti-inflammatory medications that your physician can discuss with you. ...Read more
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