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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
Fomite transfer: Shingles may be the same virus but the ability to transfer to others is a bit different. Kids with chickenpox have the virus in their oral secretions at least a day before they break out & their viral load is heavy & transmission easy. With shingles you do not have virus in your secretions, only from any weeping lesions on your skin. Covering the area & close attention to hygiene can reduce the cha. ...Read more
Likely: Especially if they are having an outbreak of sores. ...Read more
Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?
Can someone who has never had chickenpox get the virus from someone who has molluscum? Also where is the best place to get checked for molluscum?
2 different viruses: not causitivie agents. Consult your pCP or dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Unlikely to happen: There are a few vaccinated kids who remain less than fully protected, especially if they have not completed the two shot series. However, shingles is not as contagious as the wild chickenpox, it has no airborne phase. To be exposed the child would have to have direct contact with the material from the caretakers wounds. Simple hygienic care/handwashing/etc will avoid passing it on. ...Read more
Is it possible to get herpes from someone who is in the incubation stage and yet to ever have an outbreak at that point?
Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?
Shingles: Once you have had shingles, it means that you already had or were infected with chicken pox years before. Would be very rare to get chicken pox again. Shingles vaccine is always a good idea to reduce chance of repeat shingles in future or to at least reduce severity if it happened again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes simplex: Virtually impossible, but since i never say never would say you have a better chance of being eaten by a shark in the rio grande. ...Read more
Yes: The degree of illness depends on many different factors. ...Read more
HIV is hard to get: Nope. There is zero risk. And that answer is 100% sincere and accurate. Hiv is not transmitted casually. It does not survive on 'objects' if it is present. It is not caught from saliva or from kissing. In the whole world there is no reported case of HIV transmission through casual contact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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