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Is shingles contagious?

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Is shingles contagious?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Hello
Welcome and Thank you for your query posted.
My name is***** and being a Skin, Hair and Nail specialist I would be able to
provide you with an appropriate solution to your concern.
Please note that my Goal is to provide you with an Excellent Service .

Yes , Shingles can transmit the Chicken pox varicella zoster virus to other children , adults who have not had chicken pox , patients whose immunity is compromised due to HIV , Tuberculosis or severe uncontrolled diabetes or to pregnant woman.
It cannot spread shingle like blisters but a chicken pox infection.
Please note that the answer provided is for information purpose only and does not
substitute a Doctor ­ Patient Consultation in Clinic

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
if I had chicken pox, I cannot get shingles? From another person with shingles?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it easily transmitted?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Yes , if you had chicken pox you are less likely to get shingles from other person.

It is not easily transmissible.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it is impossible to get shingles if I had chicken pox?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What if I am visiting the apartment of someone with shingles and she is fully clothed?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How is it transmitted?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

it is spread through skin to skin contact through the blister fluid.

you will not get shingles from her if she is fully clothed.

DO you want me to release the rating service application on your page so you can provide me a feedback for my opinion provided.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
If I had chicken pox is it impossible for me to get shingles?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Yes from other person it is not possible unless your immunity is very low

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How is it transmitted? By skin to skin only? Can I get it by being in the same house or shaking hands?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

skin to skin contact of those blisters.

Not handshake. The blisters contain the virus.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I can't get it by a hug? Or sitting on the same sofa?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

No you cannot get it by hug nor by sitting on the same sofa.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What about touching the same things? Hand shake?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

No it cannot transmit through touching the same things or hand shake

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I had chicken pox when I was a baby. And I spent the whole day at a house with someone with shingles. Am I at risk?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

No , you will not get . Do not worry.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Can it be transmitted to a dog?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

No , it cannot be transmitted to the dog

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it 100% impossible to transmit to a dog?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Do I have to wash all of my clothes and disinfect my things?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

It is in no way contagious to your dog. So sorry that you are going through this, but as far as your dog is concerned you have nothing to worry about!

You don't need to disinfect things or wash clothes.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Can it be transmitted by scabs?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Yes scabs ( skin to skin contact )

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What happens if the scabs fall from her shingles area to my sweater?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

It will not transmit as you had chicken pox earlier

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What happens when a dog eats a scab?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

There is no way it can transmit to the dog even if the dog ingests it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
even if the dog eats it, it is 100% impossible?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

100 % impossible

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What if the dog licks the wound?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Cannot transmit by licking the wounds due to high antiseptic action of the dog saliva

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What happens when I already had chicken pox but I have a bad immune system, can I still get it?
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Yes , if your immune system is bad you can get it. If you have HIV , Diabetes you can get it.

Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Hello

Please do let me know if you have any further queries.

Regards

Dr Pravin

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How do I know how strong my immune system is? I do not have diabetes or HIV.
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

You would need to get some blood work up done to check for your blood counts.

Do let me know

Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 9 months ago.

Do you still have you concern ?

I am awaiting a reply from your end. Regards

Dr Pravin