Is shingles contagious or not?

Herpes zoster, shingles – the names of the same
же заболевания, возбудителем которого является вирус Varicella
zoster. Shingles appear on any place of the body – face,
buttocks, thighs, shoulders. The symptoms are marked burning pains,
severe itching, redness in places where later rashes will appear in
in the form of bubbles.

Shingles – Causes

In cases where the disease is localized on the face or wears
generalized form, versicolor affects not only the skin, but
and the nervous system. Therefore, treatment should be sought and
to the infectious disease specialist, and to the dermatologist, and to the neurologist, depending on
how herpes zoster is clinically manifested in a specific
case. The herpes virus is quite unstable in the external environment,
dies when: Опоясывающий герпес заразен

  • heating up
  • sun exposure
  • exposure to disinfectant cleaning agents
  • resistant to freezing

Shingles is a secondary infection of the endogenous
origin. The reason for its appearance is the reactivation of the virus
surviving in the body of the patient after transferring in childhood
varicella – chickenpox in latent or clinical form. After
chickenpox pathogen can persist for a long time in the body, and under
by the influence of provoking factors become more active. Factors
contributing to the occurrence of shingles:

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  • Weakening of cellular immunity
  • Advanced age
  • Radiation chemotherapy for oncology
  • Blood diseases
  • Prolonged stress
  • Overwork
  • Organ transplantation, bone marrow
  • Serious injury
  • Infectious diseases
  • Hypothermia
  • Hormonal drugs
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Diabetes

Back in the nineteenth century, doctors noticed a similarity in etiology and
pathogenesis of two diseases – chickenpox and shingles.
Most people in childhood had chickenpox, then
have become infected with a virus, so when provoking
factors, possibly the development of the disease and therefore herpes zoster –
not uncommon in our time.


Is shingles transmitted?

If a family member or close friend is sick with herpes, should
be afraid to avoid contact? Is herpes zoster contagious or not?
Despite the high contagiousness of the herpes virus, herpes zoster
occurs only in sporadic, isolated cases. Special
often the disease is recorded in autumn and spring.

If a person is middle or older, previously sick
chickenpox, acquired strong immunity, the probability
infection and disease in contact with the patient is not great.
However, today, due to unfavorable environmental
environment, the absence of natural safe products,
polluted water and air, not many can boast of strong
health and strong immunity.

In addition, there is a small percentage of people who have had herpes,
who have not developed a strong immunity, for them shingles
lichen is transmitted as re-infection upon contact with

Yes, shingles can get infected!

  • Shingles is transmitted from a sick person to children and
    adults who have never had chickenpox.
  • If chickenpox is still a man sick and at the moment has
    good health and strong immunity then the probability of infection
    reduced to zero.
  • Very often it is the children, in contact with the patient with herpes
    herpes, get chickenpox
  • Since the majority of the population is already infected, everyone has
    the potential risk of shingles in the future with
    reducing the body’s defenses.
  • Shingles are contagious only for as long as
    fresh bubbles are formed, when the sores become crusts,
    the virus is not dangerous.

Автор: Мельникова Светлана Георгиевна врач-дерматолог

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