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Duration Of Shingles Virus
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interesting: Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles. This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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