- A shingles/chickenpox question
I had chickenpox as a child. Mrs IHN had chickenpox as a child. We’ve got someone coming to visit at the weekend (dog behaviour fella) who’s let us know that he’s unfortunately at the ‘potentially contagious’ stage of shingles, and would we still like him to come round. It’s on his head apparently, but he’ll cover it up and not touch it.
We could cancel him coming round, but we’d rather not, as we’d like to get on with dementalizing the new pooch.
Any issue/risk there?Posted 3 months ago
I looked into this a few weeks back.
Shingles is the re-emergence of dormant Chicken Pox.
If you’ve had chicken pox then the more chicken pox you’re exposed to the better because it boosts your immunity and reduces your chances of getting shingles in later life. Incredibly that’s why the NHS don’t immunise children against Chicken pox – we want adults to have more exposure to Chicken Pox in their adult life to increase our immunity: We literally use our Children as as a natural booster to our immunity so fewer adults get shingles!
So unless you’re frail and elderly or in a weak state for some other reason this visit will do you a great deal of good.
The bad news is if you live long enough there’s an 80pc chance of getting Shingles. Cheer up though, you might die before you get it.
…and if it really worries you you can pay £120 quid or so to get vaccinated at a UK high street Chemist which will boost your immunity reduce your chance of shingles.Posted 3 months ago
Can also get shingles without having chicken pox first.
Linky? When I researched this I found that by definition you can’t. Shingles is the re-emergence of Chicken Pox from the place in your spine where the virus lives when it’s dormant. Once you’ve had Chicken Pox once all contact with Chicken Pox does is give you better defence against the dormant Chicken Pox living in your spine.Posted 3 months agoonehundredthidiotMember
Yeah my shingles was brought on by a pretty big crash, had to go for x-rays on possible broken ribs/shoulder blade/ac joint/shoulder(shingles followed 2weeks later). I’m not sure about the aerosolised virus. Docs said I was ok to go straight back to work (school) just be careful about the pustules.Posted 3 months agomrmoofoMember
You don’t catch shingles as such …Posted 3 months ago
It is dormant in you nerve endings once you have had chicken pox. What generally makes it happen is stress / immuno supression etc…
If you haven’t had chicken pox … and are not immunised against it, then I would guess you could get CP from someoen with shingles.
BTW, by the time it has started to scab it is no longer contagious. That is in the weepy zit phase …
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