How long is shingles contagious for?

For... Usually until all of the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted).
1—2 weeks. It is contagious until scabs are totally dry, but requires direct contact .

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Docs, usually how long is shingles contagious on a solid surface?

Blisters key. Shingles is contagious to people who have not previously had chickenpox, (they get chicken pox) as long as there are new blisters forming and old blisters healing. Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread and the contagious period is over. Read more...

How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

Local care issue. Shingles differs from chickenpox by not having a phase when oral secretions contain viral particles. The contagious material is limited to the wet or dry debris coming from the area involved. As long as the kid has no direct contact with that material she is at no risk. At three she should have had the vaccine already & if so it is unlikely that she could get sick from it anyway. Read more...
Depends. Shingles is very contagious and unvaccinated individuals should avoid contact until skin lesions are resolved. Your 3 year old should have been vaccinated and if so, they are at minimal risk of infection. Read more...
It depends. The shingles or herpes zoster virus(hzv) contagious period lasts anywhere from day 3 to day 14 of the infection cycle. The best protection to the individuals who never had chicken pox or vaccination against hzv should avoid to be near an individual who has active blisters. If your 3 years old did not have chicken pox or vaccination to hzv then your child should stay away. Read more...