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When is shingles no longer contagious?

By Anonymous September 30, 2017 - 1:34pm
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Ppl tell me after the rash is dried, others say always contagious from beginning to end, when can I go out and be around ppl and not be contagious anymore?

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Hello. Thank you for writing today.

You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious.


September 30, 2017 - 4:22pm
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