Can Adult Shingles Be Contagious?

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i work with children. i am a teacher. should i stay home for a day or two
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Can I get shingles if someone else has them
No. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can spread from a person with active shingles to cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox  or received chickenpox vaccine.
My dr. Told me that the only people that can get it is somenecwith an extremely low immune system like someone on chemo treatment. Is this true or not, I didnt take off work. I dont have any blisters or any oozing anywhere.
NOT TRUE. I got shingles last winter, but I'm just in my 30s.
Do you feel pain? If you think you have shingles, you should see a doctor.
I went to a funeral this morning and hugged the widow of the deceased .  His face touched my face.  Later on I found out he has stress related shingles.  I saw small bruises on his face and just thought he must have fallen but his daughter-in-law later told me he had shingles.  My husband was in line to express his condolences when I pulled him aside and told him to only shake hands not to hug him cause I heard this is contagious.  I am really concerned because I am a type 2 diabetic and I catch everything.  But I did get the shingles vaccine about 4 years ago at my doctors urging.  Am I in danger of still catching the shingles.  I did also have the chicken pox as a child.  My 3 sisters have also had shingles at some point but I didn’t.
Do I need to see my doctor and get checked.
First, herpes zoster does not have life-long immunity. Otherwise, how can there be so many people in the clinic, and then suffer from herpes zoster again? Second, people who have not had chickenpox before, that is, those who have been infected with varicella-zoster virus for the first time, may not be herpes zoster, but manifest as chickenpox. Third, whether the performance of skin lesions is chickenpox or herpes zoster has nothing to do with the age at the time of onset. In other words, if a child has had a chickenpox once, the body will get life-long immunity to chickenpox, he will not Suffering from chickenpox, and if after a year or two, he is unfortunately infected again, it is caused by the virus that is lurking in his body, and it can be manifested as herpes zoster. VZV is composed of double-stranded DNA, capsid, cortex and capsule. The innermost layer is the nucleocapsid containing the DNA genome, and the outermost layer is the capsule membrane containing the viral glycoprotein from the host cell membrane, with the cortex in the middle. It is mainly composed of three immediate early proteins (IEs), which are encoded by ORF4, ORF62 and ORF63, respectively.

The genome of VZV can be divided into four parts: long single sequence (UL), short single sequence (US), internal repeat (IR) and terminal repeat (TR), containing 71 ORFs and promoter-related sequences. The 2/3 ORF and 8 glycoproteins are involved in viral DNA replication, splicing, packaging, metabolism, and nucleocapsid assembly. Most of the VZV genes are involved in viral replication, and the encoded products are expressed in immediate early protein (IE), early protein, and late protein sequences. When the virus is latently infected, only the early protein gene encodes IE62 and IE63, and the late protein gene mainly encodes some capsids and glycoproteins, which are not expressed when latent infection. Viral glycoproteins mediate viral adsorption, enter human host cells, express on the cell membrane of infected cells and promote the spread of viruse
Any stress to the area of where I have shingles outbreak causes a new outbreak.
   Sunburn. Windburn.      Any kind of stress to that area.           The use of heavy moisturizer like chapstick or even diaper cream does help to guard these areas and reduce or prevent the stress.    Not the actual outbreak.   I am particularly sensitive to tanning beds as this is a stress to the skin.
Hello, the oral antiviral drugs famciclovir, valacyclovir and acyclovir have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with normal immune function. All three drugs can reduce the duration of pain, prevent viral replication, shorten the time of new lesion formation, accelerate skin healing, and reduce the time of virus spread. Valacoxivir is more advantageous in reducing the duration of acute pain, and ciclovir is more economical.
I still have blisters but my employer states as Long as that are covered I Need to come to work .
When the blisters are covers, the chance of transmission is little. Spread if virus needs direct contact to the blisters. Your employer isn't all wrong, although I know you don't like it at all cause you feel itching and painful.
My boy friend has shingles,I have had chicken pox,I have been in contact with the blisters and sores. I will be around children under six and pregnant women, am I contagious?
Hello Pam, yes chickenpox is highly contagious, if you stay with children or pregnant women, it's possible that you pass the virus to them.
Can one have sex if ur spouse has shingles. Thanks
How much risk would u like to take? With the rash covered the chance of transmission is lowered, however if you need to be completely safe you can't have any body contact. Who knows what you'll touch.
I have a very small area of shingles. It is covered with clothing and I have have no pain or other symptoms. I had the the vaccine in 2011 but my doctor gave me the antibiotic a week ago. Could I pass this on to a pregnant woman if I briefly had hand contact with her when she waited on me in a store.
It's still possible, I would say, but the chance is little. Besides, are you sure it's Shingles since Shingles isn't treated with antibiotics?
Can shingles be airborne
No, shingles is not airborne
can shingles be contagious
Yes, if one touches the blisters.
Shingles itself is not contagious. You can’t spread the condition to another person. However, the varicella-zoster virus is contagious, and if you have shingles, you can spread the virus to another person, which could then cause them to develop chickenpox.
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