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How do you catch Shingles?
I mean how are they passed from one person to another?
Is it hand-to-hand contact or sharing bodily fluids (I'm talking drinks bottles etc) or through the air or what ?

One study showed that the virus that causes Shingles can be released into the air from Shingle sores. It's best to keep any open sores covered to absorb any fluids.

Mostly, you should be concerned about direct contact. Wash hands frequently. Use anti-bacterial soap and hand-sanitizers too.

Anyone who has had even a mild case of Chicken Pox can get Shingles. When the virus that causes Chicken Pox re-activates, it causes Shingles.

If you are older, sick, or have a weakened immune system you are more likely to get Shingles.

Do a search online for more information about Shingles. The more you know, the better you will be prepared.

Jacqueline M
Dumpling is correct. Shingles are a form of the chicken pox virus. They can be bought on by stress, and can be easily treated by a Dr.

Ms. Manjenfrinjenson
You can't catch shingles. You can only get shingles if you had chicken pox. Older people and people with weak immune systems ore most likely to get shingles. Check out the below link.

Lauren I
I have had the shingles, when you have the chicken pox there is a strand of virus that stays in your blood which causes the shingles but when u have the shingles you wont get them again.

i had them when i was 11 i had them on the inside of my thigh they are little scabs that itch like hell!!

and they are contagious

Rottie Mom
Shingles comes from the chicken pox virus. It stays dormant in your body, then pops out as shingles years later. It's not contagious in the shingles stage, but is in the chicken pox stage.

Herpes zoster occurs only in people who have had chickenpox, and although it can occur at any age, the vast majority of sufferers are more than 50 years old.[20] The disease results from the virus reactivating in a single sensory ganglion.[4] In contrast to Herpes simplex virus, the latency of VZV is poorly understood. The virus has not been recovered from human nerve cells by cell culture and the location and structure of the viral DNA is not known. Virus-specific proteins continue to be made by the infected cells during the latent period, so true latency, as opposed to a chronic low-level infection, has not been proven. Although VZV has been detected in autopsies of nervous tissue,there are no methods to find dormant virus in the ganglia in living people.
Unless the immune system is compromised, it suppresses reactivation of the virus and prevents herpes zoster. Why this suppression sometimes fails is poorly understood,but herpes zoster is more likely to occur in people whose immune system is impaired due to aging, immunosuppressive therapy, psychological stress, or other factors.Upon reactivation, the virus replicates in the nerve cells, and virions are shed from the cells and carried down the axons to the area of skin served by that ganglion. In the skin, the virus causes local inflammation and blisters. The short and long-term pain caused by herpes zoster comes from the widespread growth of the virus in the infected nerves, which causes inflammation.

you dont catch shingles,it is a result of having chicken pox as a child,the virus lays dormant in nerve endings,and when you are run down they flare up


Shingles are a latent form of chicken pox virus that resides in the body and comes out along nerve pathways... so you can't catch them from someone else. To get shingles, you have to have had chicken pox previously... usually as a child.

Now chicken pox is very contagious and spread by contact, by coughs and sneezes, etc. Most people are immunized against chicken pox at age 1 and age 4-6. Although immigrants and travelers from other countries other than the U.S. may not have been immunized.

below is a link on chicken pox

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