7 doctors weighed in:
I have been exposed to shingles at work. How at risk is my husband who has never had chicken pox?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Shingles
Only risk to husband would be if you catch chicken pox and he catches it from you.
If you have had chicken pox or vaccine then no problem. If you avoid touching the shingles, then no concern. It is not airborne.

In brief: Shingles
Only risk to husband would be if you catch chicken pox and he catches it from you.
If you have had chicken pox or vaccine then no problem. If you avoid touching the shingles, then no concern. It is not airborne.
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not much
I can't see any way you could carry home infected material from the person with shingles & pass it to your spouse.
Your spouse may want to have his blood checked for immunity to chickenpox. It tends to have some severe complications in adults that are uncommon to children. Many adults had a mild case in childhood that was never picked up or called something else. A vaccine would be smart if not.

In brief: Not much
I can't see any way you could carry home infected material from the person with shingles & pass it to your spouse.
Your spouse may want to have his blood checked for immunity to chickenpox. It tends to have some severe complications in adults that are uncommon to children. Many adults had a mild case in childhood that was never picked up or called something else. A vaccine would be smart if not.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors