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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

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


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I just got diagnosed with shingles. My bf never had the chickenpox but got vaccinated. Am I contagious to him? Do I have to stay away from him? Help.

I just got diagnosed with shingles. My bf never had the chickenpox but got vaccinated. Am I contagious to him? Do I have to stay away from him? Help.

Bf okay: If the Bf had chicken pox vaccination, he should be okay and not be susceptible to the virus. To be sure you Bf may get a blood test to see if he has antibodies to chicken pox virus. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ shingles, without ever having chickenpox? I got both vaccination shots, and somehow I have shingles now on my left arm. How? What's up?

Diagnosed w/ shingles, without ever having chickenpox? I got both vaccination shots, and somehow I have shingles now on my left arm. How? What's up?

Vaccine/wild disease: The weakened but living virus in the chickenpox vaccine has the potential in your lifetime of emerging as shingles. It does so the same way the wild germ does, but studies to date have shown the risk of shingles lower after the vaccine than the wild virus. If your case is due to the vaccine, and not a mild case of chickenpox you might have still had, it would have the weakened strain. ...Read more

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My six month old baby girl has not been vaccinated for chickenpox and me her mother has shingles for about a week now should I be worried?

My six month old baby girl has not been vaccinated for chickenpox and me her mother has shingles for about a week now should I be worried?

Chicken pox: Is a mild condition in a healthy child and I personally do not approve of the vaccination. However, you must rely on your personal doc. ...Read more

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Hubby diagnosed with shingles, I've never had chicken pox, do I need to get vaccinated?

Yes: Shingles can cause chicken pox when in contact with someone who was not had the disease
I would recommend you see your health care provider and discuss getting vaccinated very soon ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

Yes: That would be a very good idea. You should also avoid being in touching contact with him until he has done that, although even though he may not remember having chickenpox the probability is that he has had it previously. Goo luck. ...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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Is it possible for someone with opthamalic shingles transfer chicken pox to a vaccinated child?

Unlikely to happen: There are a few vaccinated kids who remain less than fully protected, especially if they have not completed the two shot series. However, shingles is not as contagious as the wild chickenpox, it has no airborne phase. To be exposed the child would have to have direct contact with the material from the caretakers wounds. Simple hygienic care/handwashing/etc will avoid passing it on. ...Read more

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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 more

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I've had chicken pox and I was also vaccinated against chicken pox - am I still at risk of shingles later on? Or will the ch. Pox vaccine protect me?

I've had chicken pox and I was also vaccinated against chicken pox - am I still at risk of shingles later on? Or will the ch. Pox vaccine protect me?

Do not know: We are now immunizing elderly with vaccine against varicella to decrease risk of zoster. These individuals had chicken pox. They get zoster because their immune system declines with age, allowing zoster to occur. Since you had chicken pox, the virus is in you. We do not know how long your immunity to virus will last, but it is probably not forever. I recommend zoster vaccine later in life. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you have had chickenpox. My 23 daughter has just been diagnosed with them?

Can you get shingles if you have had chickenpox. My 23 daughter has just been diagnosed with them?

Yes: You must have had prior exposure to the varicella zoster virus to get shingles, and the majority of people who have been exposed to the virus have had overt chickenpox. I can't tell which your daughter has been diagnosed with: shingles or chickenpox. Anyone diagnosed with shingles, especially otherwise healthy young adults, should be tested for hiv, since it can increase the risk. ...Read more

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Can a baby get chickenpox if you have shingles and you kissed them in the cheeck?

Can a baby get chickenpox if you have shingles and you kissed them in the cheeck?

Chicken pox: There is a chance but not because of a kiss but through contact of the fluid from the blisters. Which you could have on your hands if you held baby. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 21; am I more or less likely to get a case of shingles in later years; (more or less immunity?)

Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 21; am I more or less likely to get a case of shingles in later years; (more or less immunity?)

No change: Shingles is due to the same virus that causes chicken pox. The exact reason shingles comes back later in life is not known and the age chicken pox occurred should not affect when or if shingles occurs. A vaccine approved by the fda for individuals over 50 (but not coveted by most insurance companies until age 60) reduces the incidence and severity of shingles and of the complications. ...Read more

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I have shingles and someone at work said they think they never had chickenpox will the get them I am worried about them. Didn't have close contact?

I have shingles and someone at work said they think they never had chickenpox will the get them I am worried about them. Didn't have close contact?

Not so much: Shingles reflects a re-activation of the chickenpox virus. It differs from Cpx, the virus is not passed in airborne droplets or the persons saliva, just from the debris of the sores. Good hand washing and avoiding contact with the debris should prevent transfer. Most adults (>90%) who say they never had Cpx have blood evidence they did & immunity. Transfer in this case seems unlikely. ...Read more

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Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

No: Shingles is just evidence the chickenpox germ is already in your body. Once there, the body develops antibodies to the chickenpox & clears so you are immune to a new case. The shingles is thought to represent a weakening of your bodies antibody suppression of the germ which hibernates in nerve nodes after your first CPX. Once you have it, the germ doesn't leave, we hope it just hibernates forever ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles if they never had chickenpox?

Yes: More than 50% of chickenpox can present without any symptoms, like the lesions they usually have. So having shingles is a possibility. ...Read more

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If I had the chickenpox when I was little will I get the shingles when I am older?

You may: 30-50 percent of those who got chickenpox will get shingles during their lifetime. ...Read more

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Can children get chickenpox from some one with the shingles even if they had the shots?

Can children get chickenpox from some one with the shingles even if they had the shots?

Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine is considered 85% protective while two doses bring this up to 95% or better. Those with shingles are not as likely to spread the virus because it does not enter their saliva or become airborne by coughing. Only the debris from the sores is infectious, and avoidance can limit spread. ...Read more

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I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could I get a mild case of shingles?

Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means you have the virus in your system in hibernation. You can certainly have shingles at some point. When or if you develop shingles, the intensity of the outbreak will depend or your health factors at the time. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Neither more or less: The only chickenpox age that raises the risk is very young, 50%. http://umm. Edu/health/medical/reports/articles/shingles-and-chickenpox-varicellazoster-virus
Take care of yourself, but do relax about this concern. Your risk is not elevated. Be well! ...Read more

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What can I do if my sister has shingles and I've never had to chickenpox so is it possible I could get them?

Yes: The shingles reflect a re-activation of the chickenpox virus. It differs, in that the virus is not passed in airborn droplets or the persons saliva, just from the debris of the shingles sores. Good handwashing and avoiding conttact with the debris should prevent transfer. ...Read more

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I have never had chickenpox but was exposed to my grandmas shingles a long time ago, can I get shingles again?

Confusing question: You state you were exposed to shingles but never had chickenpox, and then ask if you can have shingles again? This is confusing. More than 90% of adults who do not recall chickenpox have blood tests showing they had it. You are likely carrying the chickenpox virus in hibernation in your system and at some point could develop shingles. You can have this tested to be sure. ...Read more

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My son is 23 & has never had chickenpox however my current roommate has shingles and I am concerned if he can get sick from her?

My son is 23 & has never had chickenpox however my current roommate has shingles and I am concerned if he can get sick from her?

Possible issue: Shingles patients are not as contagious as those with chickenpox. The debris from the spots can spread the germs but not the saliva or sneezes as would be for cpx. Simple avoidance of the wound and hygienic practices should avoid spread. If your kids have had the vaccine or the wild cpx they are immune. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my back and my husband never had chickenpox how can he get it can he get buy touch me or does he have touch just spott?

Shingles- congtagiou: If your husband touches the spot where the rash/virus is located he can contract full blown chicken pox. Otherwise there is little chance of transmitting the virus. ...Read more

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Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

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 more

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If I had a weak immune system, could I get shingles from someone who has chickenpox?

If I had a weak immune system, could I get shingles from someone who has chickenpox?

No: You get shingles from a reactivation of prior chickenpox. This may occur if your immune system is weak, but not from an external exposure to cpx. ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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