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Posted by: Jean Hughes | 2010-01-26

Is Shingles contageous - if so - how ? How bad?

Is Shingles contageous? - if so - how ? How bad?
If we are treating a relative in the home, are we all at risk as well?

How is it tranfered? Contact?

What must we watch out for?

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Hallo Jean
Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, so if you have anyone in the house that hasn't had chicken pox, and they touch the wet ulcers, they can get chicken pox. But other people won't get shingles from someone with shingles. Treat the patient's towels, clothes and washcloths as possibly infectious and wash in hot water with a little bit of antiseptic added.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2010-01-26

Hallo Jean
Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, so if you have anyone in the house that hasn't had chicken pox, and they touch the wet ulcers, they can get chicken pox. But other people won't get shingles from someone with shingles. Treat the patient's towels, clothes and washcloths as possibly infectious and wash in hot water with a little bit of antiseptic added.
Dr Bets

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