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Are shingles or poisen oak contagious? Are they related or similar problems?
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
In brief: Unrelated
Shingles is due to reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (chicken pox), & can be spread to people who have not had chickenpox.
Poison oak similar to poison ivy is a contact allergic reaction that certain individuals have or have developed to the oil (urushiol) in the plant. Allergic contact dermatitis is not contagious. However the oil can be spread from clothing/items to other skin areas.

In brief: Unrelated
Shingles is due to reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (chicken pox), & can be spread to people who have not had chickenpox.
Poison oak similar to poison ivy is a contact allergic reaction that certain individuals have or have developed to the oil (urushiol) in the plant. Allergic contact dermatitis is not contagious. However the oil can be spread from clothing/items to other skin areas.
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