3 doctors weighed in:
Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters.

In brief: No
Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Anesthesiology
In brief: Yes
You may spread chicken pox to someone who has not been exposed to it before if you have shingles.

In brief: Yes
You may spread chicken pox to someone who has not been exposed to it before if you have shingles.
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Dr. Vivian Hernandez-popp
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
32 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors