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Is shingles contagious

By Anonymous June 17, 2017 - 4:06pm
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Hi, Anon.

Thank you for writing.

A person with shingles can only spread the varicella-zoster virus to someone who has never had chickenpox. This is because if you’ve had chickenpox, you already have the virus in your body.

The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious.


June 17, 2017 - 6:04pm
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