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Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

No: Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Are shingles contagious if you've had chicken pox before?

Are shingles contagious if you've had chicken pox before?

Confusing question: You cannot catch shingles from an affected person but if susceptible, you could get chickenpox. If you have had Cpx before you will not be at risk from this person. Shingled differs from Cpx in being less contagious.The germ will not be in their saliva or a cough, just in the debris from the sores. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious to someone who hasnt had chicken pox?

Is shingles contagious to someone who hasnt had chicken pox?

Possibly: The debris from the shingles sores can give chickenpox to a susceptible person.The shingles patient is not secreting the germ in their saliva, as they would during chickenpox.So if the sores are covered or the material is kept away from susceptible people, transfer will not occur. This is quite different from chickenpox, where airborne droplets easily spread the disease before the kid breaks out. ...Read more

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What are shingles and does it run in the family or just if you've had chicken pox before? Is it deadly or contagious?

What are shingles and does it run in the family or just if you've had chicken pox before? Is it deadly or contagious?

Shingles also known: As herpes zoster is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus often decades later after the chickenpox and occurs in about 30% of people during their life. It is rarely deadly even in immune compromised people and if transmitted to a susceptible person, it causes chickenpox not shingles. There is a vaccine which lowers the risk of developing it. ...Read more

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How long am I contagious to those that haven't had chicken pox after breakout with shingles?

How long am I contagious to those that haven't had chicken pox after breakout with shingles?

Varicella/Zoster: The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Mom has shingles. I've never had chicken pox. Is it contagious?

Mom has shingles. I've never had chicken pox. Is it contagious?

Yes, by contact: Chicken pox and shingles are due to the same virus (the 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 didn't make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the open, moist skin lesions of the shingles patient. One can get his antibody level checked. ...Read more

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My boy friend is just found out he has shingles. i've never had chicken pox and can i get chicken pox with kissing and physical contacts?

My boy friend is just found out he has shingles. i've never had chicken pox and can i get chicken pox with kissing and physical contacts?

Yes: The shingles lesions carry the chickenpox virus. He should keep the area covered and protect you from the lesions. Check your chickenpox immune status. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you develop natural immunity to chicken pox can you still catch shingles?

Shingles: If you have ever had even a mild case of chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in your body forever. It can be reactivated due to changes in your immune system function, stress, illness or another exposure to chickenpox. ...Read more

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


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