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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Can you get shingles from a child with chicken pox? A cousin is supposed to come to a family gathering tomorrow and he has chicken pox

Can you get shingles from a child with chicken pox? A cousin is supposed to come to a family gathering tomorrow and he has chicken pox

No. : No. Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella virus which lives in your body forever after either having chicken pox or after vaccination for chicken pox. People develop shingles when something weakens their immune system causing the virus to "reactivate". Known causes are: - age (over 50) - surgery - medications (such as chemotherapy or transplant medications) - radiation therapy - aids - stress - injury - chronic diseases someone who has never had chicken pox can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles, but not the other way around. ...Read more

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I turned 50 this year, and am wondering if I should get a shingles shot. I had chicken pox bad as a kid, and w/ all my health prob, just wondering?

I turned 50 this year, and am wondering if I should get a shingles shot. I had chicken pox bad as a kid, and w/ all my health prob, just wondering?

At 60: Shingles vaccine is recommended at age 60. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/expert-answers/shingles-vaccine/FAQ-20057859 ...Read more

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My wife has shingles she finished her medicine I have had chicken pox as as a kid. Can we get romantic can I catch shingles by heavy kissing or sex

My wife has shingles she finished her medicine I have had chicken pox as as a kid.  Can we get romantic can I catch shingles by heavy kissing or sex

Shingles: Shingles comes only in people who once had chicken pox. You can catch chicken pox, usually as a child, if you are exposed to another child whol is sick and never had before, but you can't catch shingles, because it comes only in people who were cured of chicken pox, and often many years later. There is a vaccine for chicken pox, for children, and a vaccine for older people to prevent shingles. ...Read more

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Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Yes, excellent idea!: Zostavax is recommended for people ages 60 and older since they are most vulnerable to the infection. It is not total protection, but if you do get it, it will be much milder and that's important! ...Read more

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If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus,why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldnt that increase your risk of shingle

If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus,why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldnt that increase your risk of shingle

Yes and no: Chicken pox is a mild disease in a healthy child and is probably one of the ways in which mother nature stimulates the immune system. Shingles is a disease that occurs usually in older people and is a sign that the immune system is not as good as it should be. Good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are the natural preventive measures throughout life. ...Read more

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Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

Should i get a shingles shot?  69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.  

However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

Vaccines protect you: If you are immune to a virus like chicken pox, that means you cannot get it. You never need to be afraid of it. So, no. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised immune system, stress, illness or re exposure to chickenpox. When reactivated, it presents as shingles. ...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


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