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How are shingles spread?

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2006-11-14 16:37:02
2006-11-14 16:37:02

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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never get shingles wet it will spread

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

You can't get internal shingles from the shingles vaccine.


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