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Shingles aren't spread, they come from the virus that cause chicken pox. If you have ever had chicken pox then you are able to have shingles. Especially if you have a weak immune system. A person with shingles coming in contact with a person that doesn't have shingle can't give the person without shingles, shingles. They can however, cause then to get chicken pox.

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Can you wash your hair if you have shingles?

never get shingles wet it will spread

Can you spread shingles to other parts of your body?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It results in a painful rash on the skin. No, you cannot spread shingles to other parts of your body.

Can shingles be spread in a swimming pool?


Can you spread shingles if you touch inanimate objects?

You can't catch shingles. Shingles is caused by the organism that gave you chickenpox as a child.

Is shingles or chickenpox airborne?

Chickenpox can be spread through airborne transmission, but shingles cannot. Both can be spread by skin-to-skin contact with the blisters or sores.

Can trauma spread shingles to other parts of the body example if you have shingles on your forehead and you got bumped on the site where the shingles occured could they spread to brain eyes or sinuses?

It's not unusual for shingles on the forehead to affect the eyes. The virus spreads through the nerves.

Can you get chickenpox from someone with shingles if you do not touch a lesion?

No, you can't get chickenpox from someone with shingles if you don't touch a lesion. While chickenpox can be spread by close contact through respiratory droplets, shingles is only spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Can I take a shower if I have shingles will it spread?

Shingles are not contagious. Therefore, taking a shower will not risk spreading the shingles. You can shower just like you normally would.

Can you get chickenpox from sharing a spoon with someone who has shingles?

Shingles isn't spread by saliva, but by contact with wet sores or blisters due to shingles. You're not likely to get it from sharing a spoon unless the person had shingles on their hands or lips.

Can you get chickenpox from eating food cooked by someone with shingles?

No, in shingles the virus is spread only via skin-to-skin contact.

When was the most recent shingles outbreak?

The last Shingles outbreak spread all over Europe it was about 15 yrs ago

What results from scratching shingles?

Shingles is not a condition in which spreads like a normal rash. Although scratching shingles blisters would be extremely painful it will not spread them to other body parts.

Can you catch shingles through someone in the house of someone infected with shingles?

Shingles is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Only people who have never had chicken pox (varicella) can catch the virus through skin-to-skin contact with someone with shingles.

Can shingles be spread through skin contact?

yes it can

Can shingles spread to other parts of your body?

Once a shingles outbreak has developed, it typically does not spread to other parts of the body. The rash almost never crosses from one side of the body to the other.

How do you get chickenpox from someone with shingles?

You can get chickenpox from someone who has shingles if you have never been infected before. However, shingles, unlike chickenpox, is only contagious through direct contact with wet lesions. For that reason, casual contact with someone with shingles will not spread the virus.

Is shingles contagoious?

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:

Shingles blisters spread on the body how?

Shingles is the common name for Herpes Zoster. It is spread unilaterally, affecting either the right side or left side of the body, but not both. The blisters are painful but do respond to anti-viral treatments. Consult your physician for the best treatment option. Shingles DO respond somewhat to anti-virals by the reduction of the number of blisters, the spread, and by drying them up before they become too inflamed.

To what extent or any is shingles contagious?

Yes, shingles is contagious and can be spread to adults, babies and children who have never had chicken pox before. It is very easy to catch from an infected person.

Should a teen with shingles do active things?

no because if they are in lots of pain then it can spread through the body

Will the liquid in the blisters of shingles make the rash spread?

no that liguid is only a water-like body fluid

What could explain a rash that began on your stomach as tiny non-itchy red bumps but which has now spread to your back?

Shingles would be one explaination. If they are sore and are very tender to touch - this could be the cause. Shingles are seen in people who have already had chicken pox. Shingles is not contagious.

How long is shingles contagious?

Shingles is only contagious before the blisters and sores dry. Once they're scabbed over, the virus is not contagious. Remember that shingles can only be spread by direct contact with the lesions. You can't get shingles from someone unless you touch their wet lesions. You won't get it from riding a bus with them, eating with them, or being in the same room with them. Patients with shingles can continue normal activities, including school and work, as long as the lesions are covered.Children do not get attack of shingles before they get chicken pox. You get attack of shingles only after you have had chicken pox.

When can you go into a public swimming pool after having shingles?

Similar to chickenpox, the time prior to healing or crusting of the blisters is the contagious stage of shingles. Once all of the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread and the contagious period is over. Of course, if someone is exposed to the shingles virus, they don't get shingles....they get chicken pox instead. Shingles comes only after the chicken pox virus has infected you, (sometimes decades ago), and some stimulus allows for the shingles (herpes zoster) virus to replicate in your system and cause the symptoms of shingles.

Is it possible to get chickenpox from some one who has shingles when you have only had shingles at a young age and not chickenpox?

First, you can't get shingles at any age unless you have previously had chickenpox. Although your chickenpox illness may have been so mild that you didn't notice, a diagnosis of shingles is proof that you had chickenpox. Second, only those who have never had chickenpox can get chickenpox from shingles. Third, shingles is only contagious through direct contact with wet lesions, and is not likely to be spread through casual contact.

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