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How do you know when you are not contagious anymore from shingles

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How do you know when you are not contagious anymore from shingles? I still have some "blistery" pox and some rash, pain and itch.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 8 years ago.

Hello!

 

As long as you had any moist blisters then I would still consider you to be potentially contagious. Once every part of the rash is dried and at a scabed over stage then you should be safe.

 

I hope this information helps. Follow up questions are welcome if you have any.

 

Best Regards,

 

Anthony Bray MD

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Is the contagious airborne or just to touch?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 8 years ago.

Hello again!

 

The primary form of chicken pox is more highly contagious because this form includes a respiratory infection component that is airborne. The shingles is less contagious because this is contact spread but you are not coughing out the virus. Since it is more limited on you it is a less contagious form of the same virus.

 

I hope this info helps. Further questions are welcome if you have any.

 

Best Regards,

 

Anthony Bray MD

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

As I work with children with disabilities and there are two pregnant woman at work, will it be okay for my to go to work as long as I keep it covered?

Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 8 years ago.

Hello!

 

The children should have been immunized against it. Hopefully the pregnant women have as well but I would rather you take a couple of days off of work than endanger a pregnant woman with the risk of contracting primary chicken pox.Even though it is contact transmitted, it is still potentially highly infectious. Pregnant women would have the highest potential risk from this infection.

 

I hope that you have been put on high dose of Valtrex or Famvir. This should help it to resolve faster and reduces the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia as a secondary complication.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Best Regards,

 

Anthony Bray MD

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you. Yes I'm on Valtrex.
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 8 years ago.

Excellent, glad to hear that.

 

Take care,

 

Anthony Bray MD