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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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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Are shingles contagous?

Are shingles contagous?

Shingles: Shingles (herpes zoster) results as a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in patients previously afflicted with chickenpox. It is only contagious to individuals not previously vaccinated against chickenpox or who have an immune deficiency in whom it manifests as chickenpox and not shingles. It is preventable through vaccination. Ask your doctor how you can access the vaccine. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are allergies contagious? What are some contagious illnesses?

Are allergies contagious? What are some contagious illnesses?

No: Allergies are your body's unique reactions to allergens that your body recognizes as foreign to your system. If it is an inhaled allergen, it would cause sneezing and watery nasal discharge. If it is an allergen that settled on the skin, it would cause a rash that is generally itchy. It is not contagious but rather genetic so it is common for members of family to react to same antigen. ...Read more

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Are warts contagious?

Are warts contagious?

Yes: Warts are usually caused by the human papillomavirus. If you have warts, you caught them from someone. ...Read more

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Are warts contagious?

Absolutely: Yes, warts can be transmitted from one person to another. There are a number of different modalities for treatment - your physician can go over what is best for you. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

No: they are typically present from too much pressure in an area or poor blood flow. See a foot specialist to help resolve them ...Read more

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My nieces has chicken pox they are scabed are they contiguous at this stage?

My nieces has chicken pox they are scabed are they contiguous at this stage?

Chickenpox: Generally the lesions are considered no longer contagious when the blisters are gone and scabbed over. I would still use caution and avoid direct contact to be safe if one has not had varicella or chicken pox before ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

Yes!: Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a contagious viral infection. It is a reactivation of the varicella virus that causes chickenpox. You would be contagious to someone who who has never had chickenpox before or has never been vaccinated. You should keep the area covered at all times and wash your hands often. Stay clear of pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people. ...Read more

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Are genital warts considered herpes? If they are why are they called warts and not just called herpes?

Are genital warts considered herpes? If they are why are they called warts and not just called herpes?

No they're different: Genital warts are caused by hpv, human papilloma virus. They are small bumps which are painless. They are usually treated with applications of liquid nitrogen or an acidic agent, or by a prescription medication to burn them off. Herpes is caused by a different virus, and causes painful sores which are treated with an antiviral like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Both are sexually transmitted. ...Read more

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If TB patients are on meds, are they contagious?

If TB patients are on meds, are they contagious?

Tuberculosis: They can be for the first few weeks, but they generally stop being contagious after an average of 2 weeks on therapy. ...Read more

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Are shingles or poisen oak contagious? Are they related or similar problems?

Are shingles or poisen oak contagious?  Are they related or similar problems?

Unrelated: Shingles is due to reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (chicken pox), & can be spread to people who have not had chickenpox. Poison oak similar to poison ivy is a contact allergic reaction that certain individuals have or have developed to the oil (urushiol) in the plant. Allergic contact dermatitis is not contagious. However the oil can be spread from clothing/items to other skin areas. ...Read more

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Are boils contagious?

Are boils contagious?

It depends: It depends if what you have truly are boils. ...Read more

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Are boils contagious?

Are boils contagious?

Sort of: Boils contain bacteria. They are contagious in the sense that another person could become infected from the bacteria, especially if they have a weak immune system or have an open skin area like a cut, etc. Keep boil covered and minimize contact with others. ...Read more

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Are MRSA lesions / boils that are unopened contagious?

Are MRSA lesions / boils that are unopened contagious?

Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs, non-res ones dominate. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly a commensal bacteria, but reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read more

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Are herpangina blisters contagious?

Are herpangina blisters contagious?

Herpangina: Usually occurs in children but can occur in anyone. It is a viral infection and it is contagious. Patients usually develop ulcers in the back of the throat, with a resulting sore throat and fever. The infection clears up in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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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