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How Does Shingles Spread To Others
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
No: One cannot spread shingles to different parts of his or her own body. ...Read more
Hi I have shingles on my left side of the neck. Was wondering if I can cover them with a white non sticky bandage so I don't spread it?
No: Chickenpox is the one spread by exhaling the virus. The virus of shingles is confined to the skin lesion. You can spread it to others by having the skin lesion, discharge and crusting open to air as it is full of the virus. If it is inhaled by someone who has not had chickenpox previously, they can come down with full body chickenpox. ...Read more
No: You could transmit chicken pox to someone who has never had it, but you cannot transmit shingles to anyone else or spread it in your body. ...Read more
No: Shingles is confined to the nerve distribution of whatever nerve is infected (we call these 'dermatomes'). So the rash will spread out as a band only on one side (L or R) of the body. It may take a couple days to fully spread out and become red, blistery & painful. Hopefully seeing a doc before that happens could limit or prevent that. I've shut down 2 cases where the pt came in just before rash. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck. Is it suppose to do this? How do I keep it from spre
Shingles: What you describe is unusual behaviour for shingles, which typically only affects a limited area of the body at one time. You may have something else going on, so it would be best for you to follow up with your doctor. If it really is shingles your doctor may advise further investigations. ...Read more
No: Do not worry, it will have no bearing on the ultimate course. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/ shingles. Used vibrator on back before I knew. Is it unsafe to use now on private regions? Want to be 110% sure it won't spread
I had shingles two months ago and now it's back again and this time it's spread onto my legs, what should I do?
Shingles: You should go to a dermatologist to be evaluated. Unless you are immunosupressed it would be extremely rare for a 20 yr old to get shingles once, and almost never twice you must have something else. Perhaps herpes simplex or impetigo or contact dermatitis it may need to be evaluated with bacterial and viral cultures and a skin biopsy. Once diagnosed there medicine to help your condition. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago. I have 1 patch of vesicles but it seems now I'm developing more spots of bubbles. Can this rash spread?
Yes: For 2 wks if leaking very infective will improve in 2 to 4 wks earlier if taking antiviral meds ...Read more
Had sore on back Sun like skin rubbed by something, dr Mon said watch for shingles. Now Thur and healing, not spread or grown. Not shingles? 33 female
What you described is not consistent with shingles.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Once on Valtrex (valacyclovir) in first 48 hours of shingles outbreak should the rash stop spreading? 4 days on meds & it'd cont to spread. Entire left trunk covered
If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? What can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?
About shingles: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious ...Read more
Will Keflex500mg stop shingles? Traveling over weekend so am I contagious? I'm not scratching so will it spread. On back under bra& left breast?
If someone has shingles how can they spread chicken pox do you need to touch the blisters or by airborne or be in the same room for more then 10 mins?
Contact: Each one of the blisters contain the chickenpox virus. Keeping it covered and careful hand washing should prevent passing on the virus. Avoid contact with high risk groups, the young unimmunized, the elderly and anyone else with difficulty fighting infection. It is not airborne. All the best. ...Read more
I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?
Shingles?: It may be. The blisters are tiny and called vesicles and grouped close to each other. Generally associated with discomfort, pain, tingling sensation. Many conditions can cause a blistering rash, things ranging from poison oak to diseases of the internal system. Evaluation by a doctor is advised. ...Read more
I have shingles blisters on my forehead. Can I take a shower and wash my hair? Is there danger that it will spread to my eye that way?
No danger: Shower. It is good for it. The cornea shares a nerve with the tip of the nose. If you have it on the forehead it is a different nerve. If you have eye symptoms or shingles on the tip of the nose, see an ophthalmologist. Shower and shampoo does NOT spread shingles. Pills for it, started on day 1 or 2, taken for a week, may shorten the course and reduce the symptoms. ...Read more
Red blisters itchy and spread painful needle like pain when they pop up. A family member 39 has shingles but dr says no, on my hands/arms age 33?
Prob not shingles: Your doctor probably is correct that this isn't shingles. "Hands and arms" (plural) suggests this rash is on both sides of your body, which doesn't happen with shingles. Continue working with your doctor; or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?
Contact care: Only the weeping debris from your shingles would be able to spread the virus. If you can keep the area covered & practice good contact care (wash hands a lot) you are unlikely to spread it to anyone. Let the NICU people know since their policy may keep you away until certain parameters are met. ...Read more
Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?
Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read more
Although I have advanced Spine cancer spread to Menengis but not spread any where else. I’ve had Pneumonia vaccinations. I have family history of shingles. Can I have Shingles vaccine and Flu injection while having radiopherapy Due to infection risks?
Sounds ok: One can ask her doctor about a new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) which is not a live vaccine, so cannot cause a viral infection. Also, the High-Dose flu vaccine for seniors can give better protection than can the regular-dose flu vaccine. The High-Dose injection is not a live vaccine, and thus cannot cause a viral infection. In advanced cancer, be sure to look at Quality of life, not length of life. ...Read more
Should I go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.
Things to ponder: Those with shingles do not spread CPX airborne in a cough or in saliva like a kid with chickenpox. It can only be spread by the debris from the sores. If you have that covered and everybody practices good hand washing, it should never transfer. Data suggests 90%+ of adults are immune anyway. ...Read more
Does herpes zoster spreads if come in touch with water? Can I take a bath or should I avoid contact with water in affected area?
Bath, shower is fine: Bathing and showering is fine, because a person with shingles (herpes zoster outbreak on part of his body) won't spread it to another part of his body via bathing or showering. The outbreak on the skin comes from INSIDE the body, not due to viruses entering the skin from the outside. ...Read more
A small red dot turned into itchy blisters. It's a perfect circle and has not spread. The circle has only got bigger. I don't feel it is herpes zoster?
You're right-: It's good to keep a broad list of diagnosis- the red dot that became blistery may be a vesicle or shingles. However, there is much more than one vesicle. Other considerations- bedbug bite, tick bite, contact dermatitis, and others. Contact your doctor and discuss your findings- it will help him/her alot. ...Read more
Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more
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