Can You Get Shingles from Another Person?

Author: Gabrielle Marks
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 You can Not get shingles from another person but you can get chicken pox.

More Info: Shingles is not contagious and cannot be passed on from person to person. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox.  Though you cannot catch shingles, if you have never had the chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccine, you can get chicken pox if you come in contact with someone carrying the virus.

What Are the Symptoms of the Shingles?

Depending on the severity of the disease the symptoms associated with shingles can vary but usually involve a skin rash with itching and swelling that will ultimately blister.  The blisters will break within a few weeks to form a crust over the skin.  More severe symptoms can include abdominal pain, fever, chills, drooping eyelids, headache, and joint pain.

How Is Shingles Treated?

Your doctor will prescribe a medication to treat shingles based on the symptoms that you are displaying.  For example if your primary symptom is itching, he may prescribe an antihistamine.  Or, he may opt to prescribe pain medication to manage pain.  Some doctors will prescribe an anti-viral medication in attempts to shorten the length of time that the disease runs its course.  If inflammation is a concern, he may prescribe a corticosteroid.

Home treatments should include plenty of bed rest. Cool compresses may help reduce swelling and itching as well as soothing oatmeal baths.  Creams such as calamine lotion may also reduce itching and discomfort.


Works Cited

"Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Treatment, Causes, Symptoms, Vaccine"

National Center for Biotechnology Information

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