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What is shingles? Is it contagious?

What is shingles? Is it contagious?

Zoster: a/k/a zoster, it is an infection caused by the chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash and blisters. Initial exposure to the virus causes chickenpox (fever, malaise, rash) and it eventually becomes dormant in the nerve system. it might get reactivated and cause these painful rash/blisters. If you have no immunity to chickenpox, direct contact with open sores can lead 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


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My question. Is the shingles is it contagious?

Shingles: If the shingles are in the stage of blisters, then it contagious for individuals that have not been exposed to the virus. ...Read more

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When before someone is diagnosed with shingles are they contagious?

See details: They are contagious as long as one has active skin lesions. The skin lesions usually appear within 3 or 4 days of the initial burning sensation. ...Read more

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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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When does shingles become contagious?

When does shingles become contagious?

When skin is broken: Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, covered with dry scabs or dry skin. If there is any moisture coming through the shingles rash, then one can safely presume there are still viruses there. ...Read more

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Is my shingles still contagious after a week?

Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Can you please give me a technical description of shingles and is it contagious?

Chicken pox virus: The virus attacks a nerve to cause the typical rash. It is usually non contagious but it is possible that you might give a child chicken pox. ...Read more

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When is shingles not contagious anymore?

Completely dry: When the scabs are completely fallen off the infection has resolved although it is not contagious exvept through direct contact. ...Read more

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How do you know when shingles is no longer contagious?

Shingles doesn"t : Cause shingles-it causes chicken pox. Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, as long as there are new blisters forming and old blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread & the contagious period is ove. ...Read more

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How do you know when shingles are no longer contagious?

Herpes zoster: Shingles are not contagious to anyone who has had chickenpox, which is most of society. Once you have had chickenpox the virus is with you the rest of your life. ...Read more

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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more