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Is It Possible To Catch Shingles From Someone Who Has Shingles
Not really: Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus. If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppressed, never got the vaccine, or got the vaccine but did not make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the skin lesions of the shingles. He cannot catch shingles but can later develop it after he has chicken pox. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles: No. Lots of misinformation about shingles and chickenpox. Shingles is just a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. You can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles if you are not immune to the chicken pox, but not vice versa. Nowadays, most infants are vaccinated at 12 months. Adults can receive a booster (shingles vaccine) later in life. ...Read more
If someone suffers from the shingles really bad and then catches herpes would that make theherpes just as bad.
Shingles = herpes: Shingles is a reactivation of herpes zoster also known as varicella zoster virus (VZV) which causes chickenpox, typically as a child. So the first infection is known as chickenpox which then goes away, actually laying dormant in some nerve root. Upon reactivation, it wanders down nerve & manifests as a stripe of painful blisters known as shingles. Vzv is not same as hsv or herpes simplex virus. ...Read more
Opposite is true: You will only have shingles if you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past.You may not remember having chickenpox, or it may have been called something else when you had it, but you must have the germ hibernating in your body for it to come out later as the shingles. ...Read more
I've never had chicken pox but I have had shingles before, is it possible to still catch chicken pox?
No: If you had shingles, your body acquired the chickenpox virus at some point. It may have been very early or not had typical blisters, but you had it. Blood tests on 90%+ of adults who say they never had it show they did. You will not get chickenpox but may experience shingles again in your lifetime. ...Read more
If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.
Shingles & cold sore: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, cold sores by herpes simplex viruses. Even though they are in the same family, they aren't same, you can't catch one from the other. However, if a person's immune system is not functioning properly due to illness/medications, they are more likely to get eruptions of both shingles and cold sores because these are usually kept in check by immune system. ...Read more
Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?
No: Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from developing shingles from a reactivation of your own previous chicken pox infection. You will not get shingles from being exposed to a person with shingles. ...Read more
Can a 6 month old baby catch chicken pox if exsposed to someone with shingles? My grandmother has shingles and watches my baby
Yes, : Yes, until the shingles lesions have crusted over, grandma is contagious. Vzv vaccination is usually not recommended until 12 months of age, so it is unlikely that your child has been vaccinated. It would be prudent to get a different sitter until grandma's lesions have crusted. Complications can be more severe in infants; and fever, headache, irritability, tiredness sometimes show up a day or two before the rash does, so if you see these symptoms you should call your pediatrician. And of course, children with chicken pox should not be given Aspirin at all due the risk of developing reye's syndrome. If your child does not develop chicken pox, then vaccinating him or her when they are old enough is a good idea so that you won't have to worry about this issue in the future. ...Read more
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