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If You Have Shingles Do You Go To Work
You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as your chest or back), you may go to work. I suggest that you wear 2 layers of clothing so no one will contact the lesions. If you work with young children, or elderly people, then i would wait for the lesions crust over before returning to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: To a large extent the ability to return to work depends on the severity of the shingles rash and/or the associated neuralgia. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella) in people who have already had chicken pox. Caution should be taken around pregnant women even though the virus is not as easily transmitted in shingles as it is in chicken pox. ...Read more
Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?
I have shingles all the blisters have pop and are scab over can I go to work I don't want anyone to catch chicken pox but still itchy and sore ?
Yes....: Yes if you have taken anti- viral medication. ...Read more
Should i go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.
Who will be exposed?: The scabs are also a source of varicella virus. Taking valacyclivir makes you much less contagious. Must be careful of even proximity to people with low immunity such as transplant patients, those on chemo, especially for lymphomas, etc. But most people are already immune. You cannot transmit shingles but are able to give chicken pox until all the scabs are gone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Severe sore throat for 2 weeks, won't go away/zpack did not help. 45 y.O. (f). 1 mo. Ago p.A. @ work saw me for swollen painful outside of ear. He thought it was maybe shingles or cellulitis (skin red, inflamed, hot, had a sore on ear) and gave me steroid
A better idea...: ...Is to take him to a dermatologist, who will prescribe an antiviral medication (valacyclovir, famciclovir), and if necessary, pain medications. Shingles is a self-limited problem, so you do not need to stay home with him unless you feel it is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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