Sounds like it could be a reactive dermatitis. Try changing your shampoo and or laundry detergent.
Yes, shingles is contagious. Shingles can be spread from an affected person to children or adults who have not had chickenpox. But instead of developing shingles, these people develop chickenpox. Once they have had chickenpox, people cannot catch shingles (or contract the virus) from someone else. Once infected, however, people have the potential to develop shingles later in life. See link below:
No. In fact, the only thing that you can get shingles from is your own body. The herpes zoster virus which causes shingles is actually the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus DNA will remain dormant in your nervous system. Decades later, for reasons not entirely understood, this virus can become active again and cause shingles. However, even though you can't catch shingles from shingles, you can catch chickenpox from shingles. If someone who doesn't have immunity to chickenpox comes in contact with a person with shingles, there is a good chance that they will catch the virus, and it will develop into chickenpox.
There are certain times that shingles are contagious to other people, only if they have not been exposed to the virus. A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. The child must come into direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. More information can be found at http://shingles101.org/2008/03/16/are-shingles-contagious/
Shingles are not caused by trauma. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. After chicken pox, the virus remains dormant in the body. Every child or adult who has previously had chicken pox is at risk of potentially developing shingles, usually after age 50. Doctors believe outbreaks of shingles coincides with times the immune system is stressed. Also, after one attack of shingles, shingles can re-occur at any time. Although shingles develop when the immune system is stressed they can also develop as a result of surgery or trauma. And although shingles can be triggered by trauma, the cause is still the dormant virus that is re-activated at that time. Without the dormant virus becoming triggered, shingles could not occur in any circumstance (regardless of the trigger). Ref Merck Manual of Health and Aging Sect 3 Ch 25
No, 'Shingles' itself is not a condition that can be 'caught'. When someone first catches the virus Herpes zoster, the first symptoms they will develop is what we call 'chicken pox'. However once this condition passes, the virus remains in the body, and can cause shingles to develop many years later. If you've never had chicken pix before, then you may catch it from an infected child. However if you have had it before, then technically you are still actually infected by the virus, and contact with the child won't cause you to get chicken pox again, nor can it trigger shingles to develop.
Yes and no. Shingles is herpes zoster virus. The symptoms develop in people who have had chicken pox before. If you haven't had chicken pox you may develop it when exposed to shingles. If you have had chicken pox it can trigger shingles. It is infectious only when the blisters are forming and 'weeping'. Therefore it is spread through physical contact. It is no longer infectious when the blisters are dry scabs. It is not airborne but a mask and gloves are worn by healthcare workers to protect them from contacting the skin of active patients.
No, you can not get shingles from someone with chickenpox. You can only get shingles if you yourself have had chickenpox in the past, even if you had it when you were too young to remember. You cannot catch shingles from another person nor from an animal or bird. However, you can get chickenpox from another person. Shingles is a reactivation of a person's previous infection with chickenpox. As the efficiency of the immune system declines with age, older people are more likely to develop shingles. Shingles may also follow a stressful episode. People undergoing cancer treatment are at risk for a flare up. Vaccinations are strongly recommended.
A person with shingles can pass the virus to anyone who hasn't had chickenpox before. A person who has not had chickenpox can become infected through direct contact with a person who is infected with shingles. After becoming infected, the person will develop chickenpox, but not shingles. The infection can be very serious for people who have a compromised immune system. However, a person with a normal immune system who has already had chickenpox cannot be infected with shingles. If a person has not previously had the chickenpox, it is best to avoid contact with any person who is infected with shingles until the infection has cleared the person completely.
Anyone who's had chickenpox has the potential of developing shingles. However, it's most common in older adults: More than half the shingles cases occur in adults over 60.In addition, people with weakened immune systems from HIV/AIDS, those who are receiving medical treatments, such as steroids, radiation and chemotherapy, or those who have a history of bone or lymphatic cancer are more likely to develop shingles. Most people develop shingles only once, but recurrences in other areas are possible.A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who hasn't had chickenpox before. This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles. The infection can be serious for certain groups of people with immune system deficiencies. The varicella-zoster virus cannot be spread to another person with a normal immune system who has already had chickenpox.
Shingles is a condition that is caused by a viral infection. It causes painful rashes to develop on the body. The varicella-zoster virus is that virus that causes the Chicken Pox. After a person has gotten over Chicken pox, the virus lays dormant in his body for several years. Shingles occurs when the varicella-zoster virus gets reactivated.What are some of the Shingles symptoms?Itching, burning rashes and fluid-filled blisters are some of the most common Shingles symptoms. Some patients may also experience a headache, fever, achiness and fatigue. It is important to note that a person with Shingles may not develop rashes.Are there any potential complications that can develop from Shingles?Most people with Shingles get over it without any problems. However, vision loss, skin infections and neurological problems can develop if this condition is left untreated. People who are over the age of 65 or have an illness that compromises their immune system are at an increased risk for developing complications from Shingles.How can Shingles be treated?There is no way to permanently cure Shingles. However, there are a number of medications that can reduce the symptoms and prevent complications. A physician will usually prescribe an antiviral medication such as Valtrex or Famfir. Patients who have severe pain may be prescribed an anticonvulsant or antidepressant.Additionally, there are things that people can do to manage this condition at home. Taking a cool bathe can help relieve the itching and soothe the pain. People can also apply a cool compress to their blisters and rashes.How can Shingles be prevented?There are two vaccines that have been approved to prevent Shingles. One of those vaccines is the Varicella vaccine. This vaccine is administered in early childhood to prevent Chicken Pox. It is also recommended for adults who never had that condition. The varicella vaccine is not 100 percent effective, but if a person does happen to develop Shingles, his chances of developing complications are much lower.The Varicella-Zoster vaccine has also been approved to treat Shingles. It is approved for adults who are over the age of 50. It is important to note that this vaccine does not benefit those who already have Shingles. It is also not intended for people who have weakened immune systems.
There is no special name for adult chickenpox, but shingles is an illness that can occur in those who previously had chickenpox. Adults typically do not get chickenpox unless the adult never had chickenpox before. Instead, children get chickenpox and recover. The body carries the virus. Then, late in life, usually over at an age of over 50 years old, a person who had chickenpox as a child may develop shingles. A person must have had chickenpox in the past to then develop shingles in late life.
Shingles is a painful condition that originates from a virus, varicella zoster. The varicella zoster virus produces the common childhood illness, chicken pox. Shingles is a result of the virus remaining dormant until it re-emerges as varicella herpes. Unlike chicken pox, shingles is a chronically recurring disease that can affect infected individuals for a long time. Shingles is also a more painful disease, resulting in painful rashes, weakened immune system, and nerve damage.Why Do Some People Develop Shingles?There is no scientific consensus on why some people eventually develop shingles and others do not. Typically, the immune system destroys the virus following a chicken pox episode. In some individuals, a portion of the virus remains in the spinal cord to return as shingles later in life. This disease is much more rare than chicken pox. Though it is hard to determine exactly who will end up with shingles, almost all cases occur in individuals over the age of 50. There is also some evidence that those with a weakened immune system are more likely to develop shingles.Shingles VaccineThe shingles vaccine is approved for use in individuals over 50 years of age. Like other vaccines, it works by releasing antibodies to help fight the disease. This vaccine helps reduce likelihood of contracting shingles by up to 50%. In addition, those who already have shingles may be treated with the vaccine. Although this will not cure the disease, administration of the shingles vaccine can help relieve nerve pain associated with this disease.Shingles TreatmentUnfortunately, shingles cannot be cured. However, there are some treatment options to help minimize the effects of this disease. Upon initial diagnosis, patients are typically prescribed an antiviral medication to help reduce the duration of the outbreak. Over the counter analgesics, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can be used to relieve shingles pain. Some individuals experience pain beyond the initial discomfort. In addition to over the counter analgesics, patients with chronic shingles pain may use anti-depressants, stronger pain medications, such as opioids, and topical anesthetics to deal with rashes.
The ONLY way to have had shingles is to have had chicken pox before. Chicken pox typically affects children. The case could be mild, moderate, or severe. The body is exposed to the virus, and successfully develops antibodies to that virus. That person can never get chicken pox again.But, later in life, often after age 50, a person who previously had chicken pox can then develop shingles. The virus of shingles is contagious during the time that the sores are open and weeping-- just like in chicken pox. So a person who has shingles currently with open sores can infect a child who has never had chicken pox but typically only with direct contact with the fluid coming from the sores. But a child who previously had chicken pox is typically protected and will not "re-get" chicken pox from an adult with shingles.An adult who never, ever had chicken pox as a child who comes in contact with a child who has chicken pox will then be exposed and at risk to develop chicken pox.An adult who never, ever had chicken pox as a child who comes in contact with an adult who has shingles, and is exposed to the fluid from the sores, will develop chicken pox--- not shingles.Once any person -- adult or child-- has had chicken pox and the sores dry, crust, and disappear, they then "carry" the virus but cannot infect anyone because the open, weeping sores are gone.Once any person -- adult or child-- has had chicken pox and the sores dry, crust, and disappear, they then "carry" the virus and are then at risk to develop shingles at any time, usually after age 50. The person would not "re-get" chicken pox.
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