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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?

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 more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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


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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone with chickenpox?

Is it possible to catch shingles from someone with chickenpox?

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

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If someone is on medication for shingles how much of a risk are they in catching herpes?

Herpes and new info: There is no way to honestly or correctly answer this. But, one would assume the risk is lessened while on this medication, but it not more than 50% lessened. One is still at risk for getting infected, even on medication. Remember the new rules: every sexually active adult needs the herpes blood tests to know their status. One can be infected without knowing it because no sores occurred. ...Read more

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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

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Who can catch the shingles?

Anyone who has: Had chicken pox, who now has their immunity decrease. ...Read more

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How can you catch shingles?

Shingles: If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is already in your body. It remains dormant in most people but can activate if the immunity is lower e.G in hiv, cancer or even old age. These days it can be effectively treated if medical attention is sought early on. If you think you have shingles, please see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can you catch shingles from other people?

Can you catch shingles from other people?

Sort of: Shingles represents reactivation of VZV or chicken pox virus in someone who has already been infected. If you have never been infected by VZV before or are not vaccinated for it, and you are exposed to someone with shingles you can easily end up with chicken pox. Then, later on in life, the chicken pox may reactivate in you and give you shingles..... ...Read more

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Can my friend catch shingles from me if i hang around him?

Can my friend catch shingles from me if i hang around him?

Not Shingles but: 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 a person who has never had chickenpox. The varicella zoster virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more