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Doctor insights on: Duration Of Shingles Virus

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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 long does the herpes zoster virus survive outside the body?ie . after the fluid breaks out from the blister?

How long does the herpes zoster virus survive outside the body?ie . after the fluid breaks out from the blister?

Virus dies quickly: If things are 'dry', then the virus will die off. However if the blister pops & wet material comes out -then potentially a new person could become infected with the chickenpox virus. Chickenpox has to occur first, before zoster can occur. If that person who was exposed had the chickenpox vaccine, then u can breathe a sigh of relief because they should be protected. No transmission if DRY scabs. ...Read more

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What does the shingles virus look like?

The shingles virus: Formally known as the varicella-zoster virus is a herpes virus and they all look the same under the electron microscope. The rash it causes as shingles or zoster mostly occurs as a band like rash on the torso or around one side of the forehead. ...Read more

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How much time does the shingles virus last?

The ChickenPox virus: or "varicella-zoster," lies dormant in the body's nerves permanently and can reactivate, causing the painful condition shingles and/or postherpetic neuralgia. Shingles is really just a chicken pox. ...Read more

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Can i spread shingles by exhaling the virus?

No: Chickenpox is the one spread by exhaling the virus. The virus of shingles is confined to the skin lesion. You can spread it to others by having the skin lesion, discharge and crusting open to air as it is full of the virus. If it is inhaled by someone who has not had chickenpox previously, they can come down with full body chickenpox. ...Read more

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How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

Unlikely: If the person you are in direct contact with has previously had chickenpox or has had the varicella-zoster vaccine they will not be at risk. In the absence of those things, or in patients who may have their immune system compromised, transmission may occur. ...Read more

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Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Shingles: Shingles can be treated with medications which will help decrease the length of time of the outbreak as well as decrease the symptoms associated with the outbreak. Remember though, that shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus, which lies dormant in your central nervous system. There is no known cure for shingles at this time. ...Read more

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Could i date my boyfriend after seven weeks of my shingles virus.

Could i date my boyfriend after seven weeks of my shingles virus.

Usually yes, but...: Shingles blisters contain shingles virus, which is the same as chicken pox virus. So, if he is immune to chicken pox because he had it when he was younger, or because he got 2 doses of the chicken pox vaccine, then he shouldn't catch another person's shingles or another's chicken pox. His immunity status can easily be checked by a blood test. If his immune system is poor, other rules may apply. ...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