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Does herpes zoster spreads if come in touch with water? Can I take a bath or should I avoid contact with water in affected area?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Bath, shower is fine

Bathing and showering is fine, because a person with shingles (herpes zoster outbreak on part of his body) won't spread it to another part of his body via bathing or showering.
The outbreak on the skin comes from INSIDE the body, not due to viruses entering the skin from the outside.

In brief: Bath, shower is fine

Bathing and showering is fine, because a person with shingles (herpes zoster outbreak on part of his body) won't spread it to another part of his body via bathing or showering.
The outbreak on the skin comes from INSIDE the body, not due to viruses entering the skin from the outside.
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