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Shingles is contagious and can be spread from an affected person to babies, children, or adults who have not had chickenpox. But instead of...
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My husbands father had them and I also worked in the medical field. Yes they are . They can also cause terrible pain.
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Assuming you do have shingles (your description was not convincing), a person must have had chicken pox in the past. A new exposure to someone with...
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Shingles is contagious, and although you've had shingles for a week, you've had the virus that causes it a lot longer.Shingles, also called "zoster,"...
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It is not likely that your grand-daughter has shingles on BOTH of her hands. Shingles follows a nerve pathway and occurs just on one side of the body...
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That might depend on where the lesions are. Generally speaking, shingles are not contagious. However, it is best to avoid touching another person...
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Shingles is contagious, so there is the potential that you could pass the virus to one of your patients, particularly babies and children or adults...
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That would depend on the type of contact. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a contagious virus by direct contact. Many people with active shingles have...
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Yes, active shingles (herpes zoster) is contagious by direct contact, and sometimes, even by indirect contact (hands, objects, clothing, etc.) if the...
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Not knowing the location of the Shingles, that is difficult to answer, but assuming it is NOT on his face or around his eyes, he can go back to work...
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Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles itself is not contagious. What I mean is you cannot get shingles from someone...
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Great question! A lot of people don't understand that, while shingles itself is not contagious, shingles can cause chicken pox in someone who...
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The incubation period for chicken pox virus (herpes) is about 2 weeks or so. Causal exposure to someone with shingles in a child who has been...
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The varicella-zoster virus is highly contagious. If you have not had chickenpox, it's important that you avoid exposure to anyone known to have the...
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Simple exposure does not mean that you can spread a disease. You actually have to have chicken pox (or shingles) in order to be contagious.