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If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? what can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?

If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? what can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?

About shingles: 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 another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious ...Read more

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Could i date my boyfriend after seven weeks of my shingles virus.

Could i date my boyfriend after seven weeks of my shingles virus.

Usually yes, but...: Shingles blisters contain shingles virus, which is the same as chicken pox virus. So, if he is immune to chicken pox because he had it when he was younger, or because he got 2 doses of the chicken pox vaccine, then he shouldn't catch another person's shingles or another's chicken pox. His immunity status can easily be checked by a blood test. If his immune system is poor, other rules may apply. ...Read more

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Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?

Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?

Interesting: Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles. This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress. ...Read more

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How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

Unlikely: If the person you are in direct contact with has previously had chickenpox or has had the varicella-zoster vaccine they will not be at risk. In the absence of those things, or in patients who may have their immune system compromised, transmission may occur. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles from shingles virus or something else?

See below: Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. ...Read more

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What does the shingles virus look like?

What does the shingles virus look like?

The shingles virus: Formally known as the varicella-zoster virus is a herpes virus and they all look the same under the electron microscope. The rash it causes as shingles or zoster mostly occurs as a band like rash on the torso or around one side of the forehead. ...Read more

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How much time does the shingles virus last?

How much time does the shingles virus last?

The ChickenPox virus: or "varicella-zoster," lies dormant in the body's nerves permanently and can reactivate, causing the painful condition shingles and/or postherpetic neuralgia. Shingles is really just a chicken pox. ...Read more

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Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Shingles: Shingles can be treated with medications which will help decrease the length of time of the outbreak as well as decrease the symptoms associated with the outbreak. Remember though, that shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus, which lies dormant in your central nervous system. There is no known cure for shingles at this time. ...Read more

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Can a reactivation of shingles last for a lifetime, and the virus jumps from nerve to nerve slowly? or it always lasts 2-4 weeks?

Can a reactivation of shingles last for a lifetime, and the virus jumps from nerve to nerve slowly? or it always lasts 2-4 weeks?

PHN?: Second outbreaks can occur, but each outbreak generally lasts a maximum of 3-4 weeks. There is no such thing as a lifelong shingles outbreak or "jumping from nerve to nerve". However, post-herpetic neuralgia, or PHN -- nerve pain following a shingles outbreak -- can persist for months or years. Discuss with your doctor if you have continuing pain in an area of previous shingles. ...Read more

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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


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