My 19 year old sister is very sick at home with shingles and I am just wondering if this is contagious? I was going to go and visit her tomorrow but don’t want to catch it – I don’t think I had chickenpox as a child
A person who has never had Chicken Pox can catch it from contact with shingles.
You cannot catch shingles from contact with shingles or Chicken Pox. Shingles is much less contagious than Chicken Pox.
Persons with shingles can only transmit the virus if blisters are broken. New-borns or those with decreased immunity are at the highest risk of contracting Chicken-Pox from someone who has shingles.
Anyone who had chicken pox can get shingles, the chicken pox virus stays in your system in a dormant nature… stressed, low immunity can contract shingles, you dont need to be in contact with someone with shingles to get an outbreak.