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Safe Share Shower Shingles
I live with my mom and only have one shower. She has shingles and I've never had chicken pox, can I catch it from her by sharing the same shower?
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
Depends on immunity: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Showering when a person has shingles is the same as normal showering . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the skin lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. The doctor can prescribe medications to relieve pain and unusual skin sensations, plus help prevent new shingles lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As long as you practice good hand hygiene and the lesions are in a place that can be covered it's ok for you to be around other olks. That being said as an added precaution i would recommend not being around folks with low immunity like patients on chemotherapy, people on anti rejection medicine or HIV patients. ...Read more
No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My boyfriend is 26 years old and just found out he has shingles on his face. We are going to mexico in less then a month. Is it safe for him to go?
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