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How Are Shingles Contagious
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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
No: Once they're all scabbed, they're no longer contagious. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crusted over: I would consider it contagious until it is dried up - usually a week ...Read more
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