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When is shingles not contagious?

As long as new blisters are forming and old are healing it is contagious! Once blisters are crusted over it can’t be spread! Any Suggestions here?

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  1. Alma Reply:

    How to Tell When Shingles Are No Longer Contagious. If you've had chickenpox, you could potentially develop shingles. Shingles is a viral condition caused by Source:http://www.ehow.com/how_5387415_tell-shingles-longer-contagious.html

  2. Penny Reply:

    Shingles, if not treated right away, can lead to permanent bodily damage. It is contagious in its third stage when blisters erupt. Anyone who has had the childhood disease chickenpox is vulnerable to contracting shingles.

  3. Stephen Reply:

    They are very contagious if you are around someone that has never had chicken pox. Shingles are a virus and are related to chicken pox. Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/how_contagious_is_shingles

  4. Heike Reply:

    Shingles are only contagious when there are blisters that are open and weeping fluid. Shingles is usually only contagious to people who have not had the chicken pox. Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/when_is_shingles_contagious

  5. Maxima Reply:

    If a person has never had chicken pox then shingles is extremely contagious. However, they do not get shingles, they get a case of the chicken pox! It is during the rash or blister stage that you are the most contagious. You can find more i… Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/how_long_are_shingles_contagious

  6. Leticia Reply:

    Is shingles contagious? I am 9 months pregnant and one of my family members has shingles, should I avoid them? I also have had chicken pox

  7. Earlean Reply:

    You would probably recognize shingles by its commonly known other name, Chicken pox! Chicken pox is a virus in the herpes family (herpes zoster) and is of course, highly contagious! Typically an outbreak lasts about 3 to 5 weeks! Once you get it, you typically have the virus in your system for life but your immune system keeps it supressed! However, over time, if you do not come into contact with someone with chicken pox, your resistance to the virus lessens and the virus in your system may reactivate causing shingles! Additionally, people under stress or with compromised immune systems can also have the virus reactivate! Wikipedia has an excellent webpage about shingles aka chicken pox aka herpes zoster! http://en!wikipedia!org/wiki/ShinglesEDIT: To clarify a point of confusion, shingles is not contagious in the way that it will cause other people to get the shingles! It is highly contagious in the way that if a person has not been vaccinated or has never had the chicken pox, that person will contract the virus and come down with the chicken pox! The blisters cease being contagious when they are dried out!

  8. Felicia Reply:

    For all practical purposes shingles is not contagious. Theoretically, a person who has never had chickenpox or been vacinated against it could get it if s/he had

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