Top
20
Doctor insights on: Can You Get Shingles From Another Person

Share
1

1
How many times can a person get shingles?

How many times can a person get shingles?

Infinite: No one knows. Get zostavax shot if over 50 years old. The main thing is to treat the pain (post heretic neuralgia). ...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


2

2
Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

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

3

3
Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
It could be possible that a person get shingles on an upper arm?

It could be possible that a person get shingles on an upper arm?

Yes : Shingles can be seen on practically any part of the body, including the arm, legs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, chest, back, face, nose, eyes. ...Read more

6

6
Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

No: If you had chickenpox or varicella, you are immune. The chickenpox virus lives in the dorsal horn of our spinal columns and may present as shingles. These lesions carry the chicken pox virus and are contagious to those who have not had chickenpox. All the best. ...Read more

7

7
Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Shingles: The virus that causes shingles is present in the shingles rash at the time when there is a blistering appearance. The virus is contained in the fluid within those blisters, thus if someone came into contact with the fluid then there would be a potential for transmission. ...Read more

9

9
Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Possible: Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The lesion is very similar to herpes virus infections. See your dentist for further investigation. ...Read more

10

10
How often should a healthy person get the shingles vaccine--every 5 years?

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

11

11
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

12

12
How can I get shingles?

How can I get shingles?

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

13

13
Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Way do people get shingles?

Way do people get shingles?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles: Firstly you have to have had chickenpox at some stage. The virus goes dormant and then later gets reactivated giving you "shingles". ...Read more

16

16
Can you get shingles from a pet?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
From where can you get shingles?

Yourself : If one has had chickenpox the virus never leaves your body. It stays dormant inside nerve near the spinal cord. A certain trigger wakes them up and they manifest as shingles. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
What percent of people get shingles?

What percent of people get shingles?

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 more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
Can a small child of 3 get shingles?

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

20

20
How can you get relief from shingles?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
808 doctors shared insights

Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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