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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems. ...Read more

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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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...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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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Yes: Yes. However its is very often the other way around. You get a cold, it lowers your immune system and then you get a cold sore. ...Read more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

What causes shingles outbreaks?

Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as shingles. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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How contagious is shingles?

Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactivate, travel to the skin and causes shingles. If you have never had, or been vaccinated for, chicken pox you could catch chicken pox from someone with shingles. Shingles exposure is also dangerous for pregnant women and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious ?

Is shingles contagious ?

Yes and no: It can chickenpox to someone who is not immune. The chickenpox reactives as shingles later. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Symptoms and timeline of chicken pox infection?

CHICKENPOX: It takes 2 weeks after exposure to chickenpox to get the disease. It is vesicular skin lesions that turns into scabs, last for1 to 2 weeks. Lesions are very pruritic. ...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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Eczema herpeticum contagious to adults?

Eczema herpeticum contagious to adults?

Yes it can be: Eczema herpeticform is commonly caused by Hepes Simplex virus type1or2,may also be caused by Coxackie virus A16 or Vaccinia Virus and is contagious by direct contact ...Read more

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Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak is it contagious?

Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak  is it contagious?

Yes: A person with shingle sheds the same virus that causes chickenpox. You cannot transmit shingle, but if the contact has not had chickenpox or vaccination for chickenpox the contact may get chickenpox. ...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