You have shingles…. are you contagious?

The varicella-zoster virus causes both chickenpox and shingles.  Both have symptoms of blisters on the skin.  While those blisters are active, you are contagious.

According to the Mayo clinic, people who have never had chickenpox, and were never vaccinated against chickenpox, can develop chickenpox if they are exposed to someone with active shingles.  That means it’s best to avoid contact with pregnant women or with small children who may not have been vaccinated against varicella-zoster.  You should limit contact with these groups for at least three days after beginning any anti-viral medication, or while blisters are developing and not yet dried up.

Shingle Ease can help!  It can shorten your contagious period by drying up the blisters of shingles, and has the added benefit of easing the nerve pain.

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