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Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

No risk: If you get shingles when you’re pregnant, it’s usually mild and there’s no risk to you or your baby. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Have pityriasis rosea. Am i contagious? Can i give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if i got this? Is it connected?

Have pityriasis rosea. Am i contagious? Can i give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if i got this? Is it connected?

No X 3: Once the rash of pr has emerged the contagious period of whatever caused it has passed. It has no known link to hpv. Some suspect human herpes virus strains 6 and 7 (not herpes)as a potential cause but data to confirm this is limited. It is a self limited condition that will fade without treatment over weeks to months. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Varicella: Shingles is Varicella zoster (chicken pox). Fluid filled blisters that rupture would be potentially infective to those who have never had chicken pox. Pregnant women regardless of past infection or not are extremely vulnerable in regards to the fetus. ...Read more

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How contagious is shingles?

How contagious is shingles?

Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactivate, travel to the skin and causes shingles. If you have never had, or been vaccinated for, chicken pox you could catch chicken pox from someone with shingles. Shingles exposure is also dangerous for pregnant women and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?

Shingles: Only contagious to someone who has no chicken pox immunity and who gets the virus directly in there nose or mouth or open sore . Not airborne so just don't touch the shingles sores. ...Read more

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Am i contagious to small children from a new shingles vaccine shot?

Not really.: But the weakened vaccine virus is only possibly dangerous to newborns (under 1 month age) and people with severely compromised immune systems (aids, scid, bone marrow transplant.) avoid such people for a couple of months after the shot just to be safe. ...Read more

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Will Keflex500mg stop shingles? Traveling over weekend so am I contagious? I'm not scratching so will it spread. On back under bra& left breast?

No: Shingles is caused by a virus. Keflex does not work against virus. If you have shingles, you can spread the virus to someone else who has not had chicken pox, and it can be dangerous to someone who is pregnant. Travelling is not recommended. Seek treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more