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When does shingles become contagious?

When does shingles become contagious?

Wet : As long the little blisters (vesicles) are wet/moist, they are contagious. Once it has fully dried up they it is no longer contagious. ...Read more

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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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When is shingles not contagious anymore?

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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When is chickenpox not contagious anymore?

When is chickenpox not contagious anymore?

When last spot dry: The contagious period of chickenpox extends from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash for six to seven days.Over that period the average person will have 200 to 300 spots, that go through stages and dry.As these all reach the crusted dry stage, or 6-7 days out, you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does mono become contagious?

Hard to say: The variable 30-50 day incubation period makes timing the emergence of virus in saliva difficult. It likely starts just prior to the first fever and other symptoms and continues in most for 2-3 weeks. A few shed virus for 3 months and some do so episodically for several years. ...Read more

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When the chicken pox has crusted over that means your not contagious anymore, But if you accidently scratch one off does it become contagious again?

When the chicken pox has crusted over that means your not contagious anymore, But if you accidently scratch one off does it become contagious again?

Unlikely: The contagious period for cpx is considered the first week after eruptions start.By that point,the body has surrounded virus with antibodies and they go to the skin surface to die (in blisters)The early blisters do have contagious viral particles but most of what you would get pulling a scab off is just body serum, with no viral particles.It would be a reasonable precaution to wash/cover that area ...Read more

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When is chicken pox not contagious anymore?

When is chicken pox not contagious anymore?

Chicken Pox: When all the sores have crusted over, chicken pox is no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious to other people when I touch them?

Is shingles contagious to other people when I touch them?

Shingles: They can be contagious to people who have not had chicken pox if they have direct contact with the lesions. It is the same virus that caused chicken pox earlier in life that stays dormant in your body in nerves and comes out due to a stressor ...Read more

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What happens if you contract the HPV virus, does it lay dormant forever?

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What happens if you contract the HPV virus, does it lay dormant forever?

Possible ...: Contacting HPV may not necessarily contract it. Contracting it does mean you will have clinical appearance of wart lesion, but may become its carrier. This situation reflects the balance of the infectivity of the HPV subtype you contracted and host (you) immune defense ability. While disliking to hear such uncertainty, this is the life reality yet we have to face and deal with. More? Ask Doc .... ...Read more

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If people become immune to herpes after awhile, does that mean they become less infectious or see less outbreaks ?

Probably not.: I have never heard of anyone officially 'immune' to herpetic lesions. Herpes is a virus that once exposed, remains in the human body and can be triggered by many known and unknown causes. ...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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How does a person infected with aids virus feel if their baby gets it?

How does a person infected with aids virus feel if their baby gets it?

Not good: She would probably feel pretty bad, since transmission of HIV to a baby is completely preventable with HIV treatment during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long after being infected with the shingles virus does the rash appear?

Decades : The virus is acquired in childhood as chicken pox and is latent in the body for decades. ...Read more

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When does genital warts usually appear once infected?Do you usually have more than one HPV strain if you have warts?

When does genital warts usually appear once infected?Do you usually have more than one HPV strain if you have warts?

May not appear: Hpv virus infection which causes carcinoma of cervix ( and other genital ca s ) , usually develop papillomas or warts , some times may not show this exfoliate stage , infection is detected only by lab analysis , virus has over 60 or even more types , of which type 6 & 11 in 90% of time 16 & 18 rest of time responsible , quadrivalent vaccination is available for prevention , given at young age. ...Read more

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When genital warts autoinnoculate does it take the incubation period or does it grow as you get the virus in that area?

When genital warts autoinnoculate does it take the incubation period or does it grow as you get the virus in that area?

Varies: HPV is a tricky virus. The incubation period can be as short as 2 weeks and as long as one year. I am not aware of any study showing a different incubation period for autoinnoculation. ...Read more

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Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?

Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?

No: Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from developing shingles from a reactivation of your own previous chicken pox infection. You will not get shingles from being exposed to a person with shingles. ...Read more

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Is chikungunya contagious??? Does it spread?? If yes how does it spread?? Does it spread from person to person??? How can that be prevented??

Is chikungunya contagious???  Does it spread?? If yes how does it spread?? Does it spread from person to person??? How can that be prevented??

Mosquito transmitted: Chikumgunya is a virus which causes a febrile illness lasting two to five days followed by a longer period of joint pain. It is transmitted by two species of mosquitos. The virus survives in the reservoir of monkeys, birds, cattle & rodents. It does not seem to spread from person to person. The most effective prevention is protection from mosquitoes & mosquito control. ...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)

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