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Is The Shingles Virus Contagious
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone become a carrier of the chicken pox virus? I have shingles and my friend wants to come visit. She had chicken pox when she was little, however her little brother at home has not. Her mom said if she comes into contact with me she will be a car
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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