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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 shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems. ...Read more

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R shingles contagious ?

R shingles contagious ?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. ...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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What is shingles? Is it contagious?

Zoster: a/k/a zoster, it is an infection caused by the chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash and blisters. Initial exposure to the virus causes chickenpox (fever, malaise, rash) and it eventually becomes dormant in the nerve system. it might get reactivated and cause these painful rash/blisters. If you have no immunity to chickenpox, direct contact with open sores can lead to chickenpox. ...Read more

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How long is shingles contagious for?

For...: Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted). ...Read more

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Is it true that shingles contagious?

Yes: They are contagious in the vesicle stage. Avoid contact with other people at this time. Do not pick them, let them heal and seek help at the earliest sign. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious at all times?

Not contagious, but: Shingles is not contagious, but the virus that causes shingles (and chickenpox) can be transmitted in the fluid from the shingles lesions (not by coughing or sneezing). If these viruses are transmitted to someone who has never had chickenpox or has not received the varicella vaccine, then that person could develop chickenpox. The risk is much lower than the risk of transmitting chickenpox. ...Read more

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When does shingles become contagious?

When skin is broken: Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, covered with dry scabs or dry skin. If there is any moisture coming through the shingles rash, then one can safely presume there are still viruses there. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious at all times?

Are shingles contagious at all times?

Yes: The fluid inside the blisters of shingles contains the varicella/zoster virus. Anyone who lacks immunity to chicken pox (varicella) could become infected if they have contact with the skin lesions of someone with shingles. Once the skin has healed there should be no risk of spreading infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Contagious (Definition)

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