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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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How long do you think is a person with shingles contagious?

How long do you think 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.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How long is shingles contagious for?

How long is shingles contagious for?

For...: Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted).

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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How do you know when shingles is no longer contagious?

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.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How do you know when shingles are no longer contagious?

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.

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Docs, usually how long is shingles contagious on a solid surface?

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.

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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When I am no longer contagious with shingles if I haven't had blisters?

When I am no longer contagious with shingles if I haven't had blisters?

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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long am I contagious to those that haven't had chicken pox after breakout with shingles?

How long am I contagious to those that haven't had chicken pox after breakout with shingles?

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.

Dr. Stephen Daquino Dr. Daquino
Sports Medicine
17 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems.

Dr. Antoanella Calame Dr. Calame
Dermatology
15 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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R shingles contagious?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes.

Dr. Scott Beede Dr. Beede
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. W. James Chon Dr. Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
21 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What is shingles? Is it contagious?

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.

Dr. Michael Francis Dr. Francis
Pain Management
years in practice
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Is it true that shingles contagious?

Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest sign.

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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When does shingles become contagious?

Wet: As long the little blisters (vesicles) are wet/moist, they are contagious. Once it has fully dried up they it is no longer contagious.

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Dr. John Weeks Dr. Weeks
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Are shingles contagious at all times?

Are shingles contagious at all times?

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.

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Varicella: Shingles is Varicella zoster (chicken pox). Fluid filled blisters that rupture would be potentially infective to those who have never had chicken pox. Pregnant women regardless of past infection or not are extremely vulnerable in regards to the fetus.

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Dr. Robert Bader Dr. Bader
Dermatology
23 years in practice
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Is my shingles still contagious after a week?

Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days.

Dr. Stanley Ling Dr. Ling
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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My question. Is the shingles is it contagious?

Shingles: If the shingles are in the stage of blisters, then it contagious for individuals that have not been exposed to the virus.

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