It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Shingles Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-10-2010, 07:33 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: bolton
Posts: 1
leannedc HB User
shingles around pregnant and elderly

i am in the early stages of pregnancy and have been with a freind who currently has shingles, can it affect me?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 09-10-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 376
mellowfish HB User
Re: shingles around pregnant and elderly

I'd definitely ask your pregnancy doctor their opinion, if only to get reassurance. Shingles is caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. So if you have immunity to chicken pox I wouldn't worry... shingles is not supposed to be contagious unless you don't have immunity to chicken pox, then you'd catch chicken pox and not shingles, and that is only through direct contact with an active shingles rash that is still in the blister phase.

This should help you a bit more:

Congratulations on your pregnancy and don't worry !!

Old 09-10-2010, 04:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 122
desigrl HB User
Re: shingles around pregnant and elderly

We found out my mom has cancer last year. After the first round of chemo she ended up with shingles around her neck and little on her head. She was admitted in the hospital for over a week and was in ICU. They had a sign on the door stating pregnant women and elderly were not allowed to visit her. I wasn't pregnant at the time, when I went to visit her everyday I would have to wear a whole body cover-up with gloves and a mask. I would still ask the doctor. But like Mellowfish said, if you are immune to chicken pox you should be fine. Don't worry or stress over should be fine

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
shingles vaccination sharon67 Shingles 8 08-06-2008 08:54 AM
Shingles Pain? redneck93 Shingles 3 10-23-2007 06:23 AM
Shingles fazter189 Shingles 4 09-13-2007 06:53 PM
vacine and shingles twokatss Shingles 19 07-13-2007 07:52 AM
Shingles in 15 year old son redcurls Shingles 2 03-12-2007 07:54 PM
Shingles symptoms??? kakapo Shingles 2 09-29-2006 08:21 PM
Pregnant Women Around Shingles? jill30 Shingles 3 01-07-2006 02:48 PM
Shingles at 19??? andyc1986 Shingles 8 08-11-2005 06:24 AM
shingles froglady Shingles 3 10-02-2004 01:57 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:29 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!