Question: How do you get get shingles?

Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in their body. The virus can reactivate later, causing shingles. Most people who develop shingles have only one episode during their lifetime.Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV

How easy is it to catch shingles?

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, however a person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts the person is no longer contagious.

Who should I avoid if I have shingles?

If you have shingles, avoid: women who are pregnant and havent had chickenpox before as they could catch it from you, which may harm their unborn baby. people who have a weak immune system, such as someone with HIV or AIDS.

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