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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)

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?

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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Are you more prone to catch something else while you have shingles?

Are you more prone to catch something else while you have shingles?

Yes: Shingles is a marker that your immune system is not working at its best - that;s why the sleeping or jailed chickenpox virus is able to escape its leash and show itself as shingles. By same token, other bacteria nd virus can take advantage of your immune system's weakened state and you can end up with other infections to defend against. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to catching something else while you have shingles?

Are you more prone to catching something else while you have shingles?

Possibly: Most patients with shingles do not contract other infections despite the immune alteration that led to developing shingles. Rarely, shingles lesions might develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can someone that is talking medicine for the shingles have a lower risk catching hsv1?

Yes: The antiviral medication used for treatment of shingles is the same as the one used for hsv1 & 2. This medication may lower the risk of contracting hsv while it is being taken. Risk reduction does not mean you cannot get it and do not count on it; its still possible to contract it. ...Read more

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Can you catch shingles from an infected person?

Shingles: N/Virus: Y: 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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My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

Maybe: Shingles is the emergence of hibernating germs from a past case of chickenpox. It is not as contagious as Cpx, not passing in saliva or a cough, but the germs in the weeping debris could cause Cpx. If your kids have had it or the vaccine, they are immune. Good hand washing and covering the wounds can prevent germ spread. The kids won't get "shingles" from your dad. ...Read more

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If I have adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

If I have  adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

Unlikely: As long as you had chickenpox as child , you are not susceptible to getting it again. [ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles. Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read more

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My child has chickenpox, so will I catch shingles from her chickenpox?

UNLIKELY: Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus living in someone who had chickenpox at a younger age. The trigger for shingles is usually not exposure the virus itself but a stress (e.g. Physical, emotional, etc..) which causes a suppressed immune system allowing the zoster virus to attack nerve(s). Shingles is more common in older people due to waning immunity/antibody levels. ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Unlikely an issue: A properly vaccinated kid would have about a 5 % risk of ever getting varicella.Ophthalmic shingles is only contagious through the debris from the lesions, not though droplets like regular chickenpox. If the vaccinated child did not have direct contact with the lesions or debris there would be no risk of infection. ...Read more

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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

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Can a 6 month old baby catch chicken pox if exsposed to someone with shingles? My grandmother has shingles and watches my baby

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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