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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

Yes!: Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a contagious viral infection. It is a reactivation of the varicella virus that causes chickenpox. You would be contagious to someone who who has never had chickenpox before or has never been vaccinated. You should keep the area covered at all times and wash your hands often. Stay clear of pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people. ...Read more

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What are the forbidden foods(if any) for someone who is suffering from Herpes Zoster?

What are the forbidden foods(if any) for someone who is suffering from Herpes Zoster?

None: Food choices are very seldom the key to the management of any illness, other than the nutritional disease. Being sick is difficult enough without superstition. While you're recovering from zoster, eat sensibly. Generally, anyone does well to avoid much of the very sugary, the very greasy, or the very salty stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

Herpes zoster: If a person is breaking out with shingles (herpes zoster reactivation) there is internal antiviral medication that the person should start immediately. The medications would include Acyclovir , valcyclovir, or famcyclovir. ...Read more

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Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Yes: Just be gentile water will not harm the rash but it is very painful . It is nerve pain so what may seem to be an innocuous thing could be very painful to the sufferer. ...Read more

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How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

Herpes zoster: Keep taking the antibiotic. The blisters should dry up after a few days. If you're impatient, use a sterile needle and pop the blisters, then clean the area with some soap and water. Then keep the area dry. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more