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When does shingles become contagious?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: When skin is broken
Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, covered with dry scabs or dry skin.
If there is any moisture coming through the shingles rash, then one can safely presume there are still viruses there.

In brief: When skin is broken
Shingles skin lesions have contagious viruses from the time the skin lesions begin to break (feel damp or sticky) until after the skin is healing, covered with dry scabs or dry skin.
If there is any moisture coming through the shingles rash, then one can safely presume there are still viruses there.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Dr. Bahman Omrani
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