How do we get shingles?
Shingles is an infection caused by the
same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a
person has had chickenpox, the virus stays
dormant or "asleep" in the body. We are not
sure why, but in some people this virus
"awakens" later on and causes a painful
rash known as shingles.
You cannot get shingles from someone
who has shingles or chickenpox. But even
though shingles is not as contagious as
chickenpox, by directly touching their rash,
a person with shingles can give chickenpox
to someone who has never had chickenpox
before. For this reason, children and adults
who have not had chickenpox should avoid
visiting someone with shingles.
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|Title Annotation:||Ask Doctor Cory|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1998|
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