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How are "shingles" contracted?

How are "shingles" contracted?

Shingles develops: In people who have previously been infected with chicken pox. Coming in contact with a shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. But that person would get chicken pox - not shingles. ...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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How contagious are boils?

How contagious are boils?

More to the person: Who has them. Boils are not particularly contagious in that these usually do not spread from one person to an other. But the drainage from a boil can infect nearby hair follicles in the same person. ...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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How are shingles related to chicken pox?

How are shingles related to chicken pox?

Varicella-Zoster: It is recognized that a virus caused both. After c-pox infection the virus is dormant in skin nerve cells commonly in the face or trunk. If the virus turns active, it causes shingles, and the virus is then referred to as herpes zoster. Virus is activated in people with weakened immune system, such as those with cancer or hiv, over age of 50, ill, injured, or under stress. ...Read more

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How are genital shingles and herpes different?

How are genital shingles and herpes different?

Virus: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, or chickenpox. It usually takes a dermatomal pattern, so having isolated genital shingles would be rare. The lesions would be similar, with vesicles/blisters (vzv and hsv are related). ...Read more

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How contagious are eye infections?

How contagious are eye infections?

Extremely: If caused by virus then they are extremely contaigious. Bacterial conjunctivitis is less contaigious if you are on antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagous?

Are shingles contagous?

Shingles: Shingles (herpes zoster) results as a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in patients previously afflicted with chickenpox. It is only contagious to individuals not previously vaccinated against chickenpox or who have an immune deficiency in whom it manifests as chickenpox and not shingles. It is preventable through vaccination. Ask your doctor how you can access the vaccine. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is herpes contagious?

How is herpes contagious?

Herpes: Herpes is caught skin to skin. One does not gave to have a herpes sore to be contagious. There is viral shedding at the site infection occurred. ...Read more

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How contagious is herpes?

How contagious is herpes?

Very: Herpes virus can be shed even when person is asymptomatic, and can occur with very close contact. See: http://stdtesting.Com/how-many-people-have-herpes --for more information and helpful links. ...Read more

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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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How long is chicken pox contagious? 

How long is chicken pox contagious? 

Varies: Patients (usually children) are infectious to others for roughly 2 days before the blisters occur and then until the blisters have formed scabs covering them completely, about 4 to 5 days. ...Read more

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How contagious is measles?

How contagious is measles?

Extremely: Measles is transmitted via the respiratory route and an infected person can infect others up to 7 days prior to showing symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to protect yourself against this infection with the the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Are allergies contagious? What are some contagious illnesses?

Are allergies contagious? What are some contagious illnesses?

No: Allergies are your body's unique reactions to allergens that your body recognizes as foreign to your system. If it is an inhaled allergen, it would cause sneezing and watery nasal discharge. If it is an allergen that settled on the skin, it would cause a rash that is generally itchy. It is not contagious but rather genetic so it is common for members of family to react to same antigen. ...Read more

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How long is herpes simplex i contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long is herpes simplex i contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Crusted over: I would consider it contagious until it is dried up - usually a week ...Read more

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How do you know when shingles are no longer contagious?

Herpes zoster: Shingles are not contagious to anyone who has had chickenpox, which is most of society. Once you have had chickenpox the virus is with you the rest of your life. ...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