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How long is shingles contagious for?

How long is shingles contagious for?

For...: Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted). ...Read more

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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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Docs, usually how long is shingles contagious on a solid surface?

Docs, usually how long is shingles contagious on a solid surface?

Blisters key: Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, (they get chicken pox) as long as there are new blisters forming and old blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread and the contagious period is over. ...Read more

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How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

It depends: The shingles or herpes zoster virus(hzv) contagious period lasts anywhere from day 3 to day 14 of the infection cycle. The best protection to the individuals who never had chicken pox or vaccination against hzv should avoid to be near an individual who has active blisters. If your 3 years old did not have chicken pox or vaccination to hzv then your child should stay away. ...Read more

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How contagious is shingles?

How contagious is shingles?

Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactivate, travel to the skin and causes shingles. If you have never had, or been vaccinated for, chicken pox you could catch chicken pox from someone with shingles. Shingles exposure is also dangerous for pregnant women and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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A family member has a skin condition called shingles. How contagious is it & what precautions should the rest of the family take?

A family member has a skin condition called shingles.  How contagious is it & what precautions should the rest of the family take?

Chicken pox virus: Shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox. After recovery from chicken pox, the virus stays dormant in a nerve root. It can then be reactivated as shingles at a later date. If someone has never had chicken pox, they can get them from someone who has shingles and should avoid them. If you have had chicken pox (or the vaccine), you are safe and there is no need to take any precautions. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems. ...Read more

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R shingles contagious ?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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What is shingles? Is it contagious?

Zoster: a/k/a zoster, it is an infection caused by the chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash and blisters. Initial exposure to the virus causes chickenpox (fever, malaise, rash) and it eventually becomes dormant in the nerve system. it might get reactivated and cause these painful rash/blisters. If you have no immunity to chickenpox, direct contact with open sores can lead to chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is it true that shingles contagious?

Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest sign. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious at all times?

Not contagious, but: Shingles is not contagious, but the virus that causes shingles (and chickenpox) can be transmitted in the fluid from the shingles lesions (not by coughing or sneezing). If these viruses are transmitted to someone who has never had chickenpox or has not received the varicella vaccine, then that person could develop chickenpox. The risk is much lower than the risk of transmitting chickenpox. ...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