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My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

Maybe: Shingles is the emergence of hibernating germs from a past case of chickenpox. It is not as contagious as Cpx, not passing in saliva or a cough, but the germs in the weeping debris could cause Cpx. If your kids have had it or the vaccine, they are immune. Good hand washing and covering the wounds can prevent germ spread. The kids won't get "shingles" from your dad. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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I babysit a 1 year old who has been diagnosed with shingles. Should the other children I babysit be around him?

I babysit a 1 year old who has been diagnosed with shingles. Should the other children I babysit be around him?

Depends on situation: Those with shingles are not as contagious as a those with cpx. Only the debris from active sores contain the virus, not the saliva or a cough.If the other kids were vaccinated or had cpx,the risk is minimal.If the sores have dried and or remain covered,transfer is unlikely.That said, the other parents may or may not be willing to accept any risk. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of shingles in var. Vaccinated children? 18 month old with shingles outbreak should I be worried about compromised immune system

What is the incidence of shingles in var. Vaccinated children? 18 month old with shingles outbreak should I be worried about compromised immune system

Lifetime incidence: The lifetime incidence of shingles is relatively less with the vaccine than with wild chickenpox, but occurs with both. I have seen it in a 1yo in a kid with an otherwise normal immune system. As with any issue, surveillance of an individuals response to a variety of infections over many years can reveal an acquired immune problem (not present or evident in childhood). ...Read more

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How long should an adult with shingles stay away from children who have not had chicken pox?

How long should an adult with shingles stay away from children who have not had chicken pox?

Best evidence...: ...Suggests that shingles is contagious starting when blisters appear and ending 24 hours after all the blisters have crusted over. This usually takes about 7 days from beginning to end - longer in severe cases. But remember that most kids these days have been vaccinated against chickenpox, so the question is often moot. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagious. I have small children.

Are shingles contagious. I have small children.

Shingles not contag.: Shingles cannot be passed between people. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread, by direct contact with fluid from one of the blisters, from a person with active shingles, to a person who has never had chickenpox. In this case, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. ...Read more

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Can children have shingles?

Can children have shingles?

Yes: The only prerequisite for shingles is a prior infection with chickenpox or a dose of the vaccine. I have seen it in toddlers. It is less common with those who had the vaccine but still possible. Rare infant cases have been reported and likely reflect unrecognized infection during the pregnancy of both mother an infant. ...Read more

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Can children get chickenpox from some one with the shingles even if they had the shots?

Can children get chickenpox from some one with the shingles even if they had the shots?

Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine is considered 85% protective while two doses bring this up to 95% or better.Those with shingles are not as likely to spread the virus because it does not enter their saliva or become airborne by coughing. Only the debris from the sores is infectious, and avoidance can limit spread. ...Read more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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Am i contagious to small children from a new shingles vaccine shot?

Am i contagious to small children from a new shingles vaccine shot?

Not really.: But the weakened vaccine virus is only possibly dangerous to newborns (under 1 month age) and people with severely compromised immune systems (aids, scid, bone marrow transplant.) avoid such people for a couple of months after the shot just to be safe. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below : Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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Are adults more likely or less likely to develop shingles if, every few years, they come into contact with children who have chicken pox?

Are adults more likely or less likely to develop shingles if, every few years, they come into contact with children who have chicken pox?

Depends...: ...On how high your chicken pox antibody titre is. As we get older our antibody levels diminish, and it is thought that when the level drops below some unknown threshold, the next exposure to chicken pox will trigger shingles. (there may be other triggers as well.) the risk increases as you get older, which is why the shingles vaccine (zostavax) is recommended after age 60. ...Read more

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Can you pass chicken pox along to hospital patients (infants and children) during the early stages of shingles?

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Can you pass chicken pox along to hospital patients (infants and children) during the early stages of shingles?

Yes: You are infective if you have active lesions, and should not exposure the lesions to vulnerable people. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

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What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster : Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

Anyone : It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly. ...Read more

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What is shingles ?

What is shingles
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Chicken pox: Shingles is basically a reactivated form of the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella). Also called zoster or herpes zoster. Since we really don't clear the chicken pox virus from our system it can remain dormant and the later on in life reactivate to form the typical shingles clinical pattern. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is also called herpes zoster. It is caused by the herpes varicella virus and represents a reactivation of chicken pox. ...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