I have had shingles (herpes zoster) and as far as I know, you cannot catch it from anyone. However people that never had the chicken pox can catch the chicken pox from your shingles.
Its actually the chicken pox virus that lives in your spinal nerve paths that everybody has living inside of them if they ever had chicken pox. If you have a normal healthy immune system, then the immune system will keep shingles from developing however people with weakened immune systems (immunosuppressants, older generation, AIDS patients, or just plain stress and exhaustion) are more susceptible to develop shinges. Shingles is a really horrible thing and very painful. Mine wasn't just itchy, it was burning, tingling, and it hurt when the slightest movement of my clothes touched it. If you do suspect shingles, call your doc immediately; early treatment is the key to reduce long term problems.
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007 (Lupus? Sjogren's? overlap?)
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements
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