Is Shingles Contagious
The very first question that you ask is: Will I get infected by that?
Most cases, it is.
Shingles is caused by virus, causing chicken pox, that becomes active. A person, unfortunately, who has had chicken pox would most probably get shingles in some point of time. Varicella- zoster, or VZV, is the name of the virus.
An infected person can pass its virus to someone who has never been infected with chicken pox, but that person could have the chicken pox, but not necessarily the shingles.
But if the person comes in contact with the open rashes, shingles can be passed on. But it is not an aerial disease, which means you can't have it because of the air around you.
This inactive virus that becomes stimulated again would become catching and infectious to persons who have not experienced chickenpox ever. But rashes that are at its starting stage are not at all contagious.
Even though the VZV virus can mushroom by way of direct contact to any healthy person, shingles is not a fully infectious disease.
One beneficial point that we'd like people to know is that a healthy person can by no means grow the shingles disease. Samples of this would be when this person comes in contact, informally, which means not much physical contact, or no direct contact at all with the open rash. Another example would be when the patient suffering from shingles would sneeze or cough towards a healthy person, then in no way would the healthy person get infected with the shingles.
The disease becomes contagious when these blisters with clear fluid and the rash covering the blisters have not developed crusts and the healthy person would get in direct contact with these blisters.
Here are some tips for the patients suffering from shingles. Shingles is a communicable disease throughout the stage when the patient advances on to develop blisters and when these blistered filled with pus would then form into crusts. The patient should then be very careful to swathe and cover up these blisters to stop the disease from spreading. The patient should learn how to follow the treatment procedure and schedule of medication in a very exact manner that the physician has recommended and advised. As much as possible, the patient should keep away from contact and exposure to sunlight and to make sure that the patient is kept in a cool and dry room. At all times, prevent scratching the area of rash.