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Is shingles contagious?

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Is shingles contagious?
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dermatology
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Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago
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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.
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substitute a Doctor ­ Patient Consultation in Clinic

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
if I had chicken pox, I cannot get shingles? From another person with shingles?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Is it easily transmitted?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

It is not easily transmissible.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
it is impossible to get shingles if I had chicken pox?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What if I am visiting the apartment of someone with shingles and she is fully clothed?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
How is it transmitted?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year 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.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
If I had chicken pox is it impossible for me to get shingles?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
How is it transmitted? By skin to skin only? Can I get it by being in the same house or shaking hands?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

skin to skin contact of those blisters.

Not handshake. The blisters contain the virus.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I can't get it by a hug? Or sitting on the same sofa?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What about touching the same things? Hand shake?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year 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?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

No , you will not get . Do not worry.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Can it be transmitted to a dog?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

No , it cannot be transmitted to the dog

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Is it 100% impossible to transmit to a dog?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Do I have to wash all of my clothes and disinfect my things?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year 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.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Can it be transmitted by scabs?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

Yes scabs ( skin to skin contact )

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What happens if the scabs fall from her shingles area to my sweater?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

It will not transmit as you had chicken pox earlier

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What happens when a dog eats a scab?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
even if the dog eats it, it is 100% impossible?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

100 % impossible

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What if the dog licks the wound?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
What happens when I already had chicken pox but I have a bad immune system, can I still get it?
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

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Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

Hello

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

Regards

Dr Pravin

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
How do I know how strong my immune system is? I do not have diabetes or HIV.
Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

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

Do let me know

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Dermatologist: Dr. Pravin, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

Do you still have you concern ?

I am awaiting a reply from your end. Regards

Dr Pravin

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