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How long should an adult with shingles stay away from children who have not had chicken pox?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
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In brief: See Below
Until they are totally scabbed over. Although keeping them covered helps.

In brief: See Below
Until they are totally scabbed over. Although keeping them covered helps.
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