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Old 09-23-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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Shingles

How are they transmitted, if they are....and how long do they last?

 
Old 09-23-2006, 11:24 PM   #2
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Re: Shingles

Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus within a person's body. So you can't catch shingles from anybody. Somebody with shingles can transmit the virus, though, and cause chickenpox in somebody who hasn't had the disease or vaccine. So people with shingles are generally told to stay away from babies, pregnant women, and people who never had chickenpox.

The blisters from shingles can last about a week, but the pain can last up to 3 months. There are prescription medications that can help, though.

 
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:29 AM   #3
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Re: Shingles

i've had shingles a few times on my face. not alot of lesions but the pain all the same. i work in a school and my daughter worked in a daycare at the time i would get them over and over. have taken two different oral meds that shoryen the time dramatically.

 
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