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How Contagious Are Chicken Pox
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more
Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prior to spots + 7: Unfortunately CP is often passed in oro-nasal secretions for 1-2 days before the first spots appear.(leading to frustration on finding source) debris from blisters can spread CP until the last blisters have dried. Some offer 1 day before until day 7 of the rash as the general period of infectivity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
All my chicken pox were dried up and crusted. But I removed the others and still pinkish and did not wait for it to remove by itself. I'm I still contagious?
When the chicken pox has crusted over that means your not contagious anymore, But if you accidently scratch one off does it become contagious again?
Unlikely: The contagious period for cpx is considered the first week after eruptions start.By that point,the body has surrounded virus with antibodies and they go to the skin surface to die (in blisters)The early blisters do have contagious viral particles but most of what you would get pulling a scab off is just body serum, with no viral particles.It would be a reasonable precaution to wash/cover that area ...Read more
No: Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: You cannot catch shingles from an affected person but if susceptible, you could get chickenpox. If you have had Cpx before you will not be at risk from this person. Shingled differs from Cpx in being less contagious.The germ will not be in their saliva or a cough, just in the debris from the sores. ...Read more
Possibly: The debris from the shingles sores can give chickenpox to a susceptible person.The shingles patient is not secreting the germ in their saliva, as they would during chickenpox.So if the sores are covered or the material is kept away from susceptible people, transfer will not occur. This is quite different from chickenpox, where airborne droplets easily spread the disease before the kid breaks out. ...Read more
Can someone tell me how long will my shingles last and be contagious to people who have not had chicken pox?
I have a chicken pox and the scab are still pinkish because I've removed some of the crust. Is it still contagious?
Varicella/Zoster: The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. ...Read more
Possibly: Your mother likely had you vaccinated against the chickenpox, since it was widely available by the mid 90's. If so you are likely immune. Shingles is the same virus but is not as likely to pass. Direct exposure to the weeping sores can, but not a cough or her saliva. Avoid the sores and you will avoid it. You may want to check & see if you were vaccinated. Cpx is dangerous for any adult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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