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Old 01-07-2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Pregnant Women Around Shingles?

Has anyone been told from their gyn about being around people who have shingles while being pregnant? I am hearing a couple of different answers from different docs and people in the medical field.

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Old 01-07-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Pregnant Women Around Shingles?

I was exposed to shingles at 16 weeks or so. I work in a hospital and a patient that I cared for tested positive for shingles the next day after I worked with her. Generally speaking pregnant women should not be around anyone with shingles or chicken pox, as it can cause birth defects if you get the illness. If you already have had the chicken pox then you should'nt have a problem, but I'd still stay away from an infected person. You get shingles from already having the chicken pox before in the past. The Varcella Virus stays latent in your system after having chicken pox and can flare up later in life and cause a case of the shingles. You can get Chicken pox from someone who has shingles if you are not immune, but you cannot shingles from a shingles infected person, as it is only a secondary infection of chicken pox.
Any how since I already had the chicken pox, I didn't have anything to worry about after my exposure. Hope that helps!

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Old 01-07-2006, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Pregnant Women Around Shingles?

I had the chicken pox when I was 5, I am now 32 I do not have to worry about being around patients with shingles? I work in a dermatology office and we see at least 5 patients a week who have shingles. I am really concerned about it.

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Re: Pregnant Women Around Shingles?

You should definitely talk to your doctor about your specific situation. You can have a blood test to see if you are immune to chicken pox from your previous illness (which you should be).

After being exposed to a person with shingles (and not having had chicken pox), I was told that I would have had to be closer than 3 feet, and that transmission of the virus from shingles usually occurs from actually touching the rash. But I wasn't pregnant, so there wasn't much of a worry, other than not wanting to catch chicken pox.

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