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How Long Is A Person With Shingles Contagious
Shingles: A person with shingles is contagious only by direct contact. They are contagious for as long as they have a blister-type lesion. Once the blisters resolve or "crust over", they are no longer considered contagious. This process can take 1-2 weeks from onset of rash. ...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
Shingles doesn"t: Cause shingles-it causes chicken pox. Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, 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 & the contagious period is ove. ...Read more
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
When all scabs are g: When all scabs are gone. Most people already have the virus or immunity from a shot. You may transmit chicken pox to a susceptible person but shingles is not transmitted. People who might get chicken pox from you include those with weak immunity such as lymphoma, transplants, hiv. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: The fluid inside the blisters of shingles contains the varicella/zoster virus. Anyone who lacks immunity to chicken pox (varicella) could become infected if they have contact with the skin lesions of someone with shingles. Once the skin has healed there should be no risk of spreading infection. ...Read more
Shingles not contag.: Shingles cannot be passed between people. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread, by direct contact with fluid from one of the blisters, from a person with active shingles, to a person who has never had chickenpox. In this case, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. ...Read more
See below: Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, 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
Shingles: This condition is caused by a recrudescence of prior infection with the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. The purpose of the immunization is to prevent outbreaks. It will not eradicate the virus from your body, but you will not be communicating disease to anybody else unless you have active shingles and are in contact with someone who has not had chickenpox or vaccine. ...Read more
No: Once they're all scabbed, they're no longer contagious. ...Read more
I hope so.: While I hope kissing is contagious in the best sense of spreading affection and love, it is highly unlikely that you could spread herpes if the infection is not in your mouth and you didn't recently contaminate lips or mouth with secretions from shingles' lesions located elsewhere. ...Read more
Very contagious: Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same organism as chicken pox. It is very contagious. ...Read more
See a doctor: See a doctor right away. Shingles will resolve more rapidly with anti-herpes drugs, but only if they're started at the beginning. You are contagious to people who have never had chickenpox, shingles, or the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more
Unrelated: Shingles is due to reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (chicken pox), & can be spread to people who have not had chickenpox. Poison oak similar to poison ivy is a contact allergic reaction that certain individuals have or have developed to the oil (urushiol) in the plant. Allergic contact dermatitis is not contagious. However the oil can be spread from clothing/items to other skin areas. ...Read more
You are contagious: Until your shingles blisters scab over, you are contagious and should avoid physical contact with others. ...Read more
What to do if I have shingles and the rash has already scabbed and fallen off. Am I still contagious?
Not likely: This lesions being dry and essentially gone are beyond the contagion stage. ...Read more
Is it ok to go to the gym if you have shingles after you are not contagious? What if you sweat? It's on my head
As above: I don't see why not...!Get a more detailed 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
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