7 doctors weighed in:

Are shingles contagious to other people who have had chicken box previously in life but have a low immune system now?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: How low?

You should have natural immunity if you had chicken pox, but depending on what is making your immne system "low", you could have some susceptibility.
If you are going through current chemo, or high dose immune suppressive drugs, had total body radiation for something like a bone marrow transplant, could get the infection. If mild suppression of immune system, trasmission unlikely.

In brief: How low?

You should have natural immunity if you had chicken pox, but depending on what is making your immne system "low", you could have some susceptibility.
If you are going through current chemo, or high dose immune suppressive drugs, had total body radiation for something like a bone marrow transplant, could get the infection. If mild suppression of immune system, trasmission unlikely.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
Thank
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: They can be

Coming in contact with a Shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox.
That person could develop chicken pox (not shingles).

In brief: They can be

Coming in contact with a Shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox.
That person could develop chicken pox (not shingles).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vikram Patel
Board Certified,
34 years in practice
977K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors