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are shingles catchable

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are shingles catchable
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
Have you had chicken pox before?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.

The shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.

So you cannot technically "catch" the shingles.

However, shingles can occur in you, as you have the virus lingering in you. It is considered a reactivation of the virus in a specific nerve distribution.

But you are not at risk being around someone with shingles.