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How long is shingles contagious for?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: For...

Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted).

In brief: For...

Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted).
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 1—2 weeks

It is contagious until scabs are totally dry, but requires direct contact

In brief: 1—2 weeks

It is contagious until scabs are totally dry, but requires direct contact
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
You can not contact shingles by exposure but you could contract chicken pox if not immune
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