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Is It Safe To Share A Shower With Someone Who Has Shingles
Depends on immunity: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I live with my mom and only have one shower. She has shingles and I've never had chicken pox, can I catch it from her by sharing the same shower?
How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?
It depends: The shingles or herpes zoster virus(hzv) contagious period lasts anywhere from day 3 to day 14 of the infection cycle. The best protection to the individuals who never had chicken pox or vaccination against hzv should avoid to be near an individual who has active blisters. If your 3 years old did not have chicken pox or vaccination to hzv then your child should stay away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With precautions: The infant can acquire chickenpox, but only if exposed to debris from the shingles lesions not airborne saliva as with chickenpox. Baby may have some resistance fro mom's antibodies at 3 m, but not enough to prevent disease if heavily exposed.If the shingles site is covered or has dried out completely, it has less chance of transfer. Good hand washing & care & a visit is ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is someone who had shingles , are they more at risk to get it again ?
Is it safer for someone who had shingles to get the vaccine ?
If someone already had shingles is it safe to get the zoster vaccine and can it prevent another outbreak?
Can be given age 50: The fda recommends it be offered at age 50 & up. The cdc has not weighed in on the lower age group & still stayed at the 60 year old recommendation for now, partly out of concern for supply. At age 50, there is a better immune response meaning more people can mount a good reaction to the vaccine (69% vs 50%) & become immune to shingles. The shot is very expensive but I do offer it to 50 year old's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Showering when a person has shingles is the same as normal showering . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the skin lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. The doctor can prescribe medications to relieve pain and unusual skin sensations, plus help prevent new shingles lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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