How Shingles are Contagious

How shingles are contagious is something that everyone should know, so that they aren’t getting up close and personal with someone who has active contagious shingles blisters. For those who don’t know much about shingles and are curious as to whether they are contagious or not, I can assure you that they are and that anyone can catch them when shingles sores are active.

For those of you who don’t know, shingles is a virus, and it can be caught from someone or can possibly be lying dormant for years if you have ever had chicken pox. Shingles and chicken pox are in the same family along with herpes, sometimes called cold sores, when they’re on the mouth. Nonetheless, no matter where shingles blisters show up on the body they can be contagious.

Whether you call them cold sores, shingles sores or shingles blisters the fact is that they’re one and the same and they’re contagious when they are fluid filled, itchy, burning and painful. You do not want to have skin on skin contact with anyone else, including yourself, when these symptoms are present, however, once they dry up and become scabs they’re no longer contagious.

If you think that you’re having shingles outbreaks you should find out for sure by getting a medical opinion, so that you can learn how to manage them. What you don’t know can hurt you when it comes to shingles, since you need to know what to do and what not to do.

Whatever you do, don’t stress out over shingles or you might make matters worse because stress can definitely be a shingles trigger. No need to fret over having shingles, it’s not the end of the world. I have had them for over 30 years and hardly ever have breakouts anymore due to knowing what my shingles triggers are and since I know what they are I can avoid them and you can too.

It may take some time to figure out the triggers, since it can be certain foods, drinks, moods or people, places and things. Anything, anyone or any place that causes you to stress out or get upset can be a shingles trigger. Anything that affects the central nervous system in a negative way can cause a shingles breakouts. This is why sugar, caffeine and alcohol are known triggers.

To help prevent shingles breakouts you can take lysine supplements, which is an effective treatment for shingles, herpes and cold sores. Lysine is one of the essential amino acids that can help build up the immune system and must be obtained in the diet, since it isn’t produced by the body.

Now you not only know how shingles are contagious, but that shingles is a virus that can lie dormant for years and suddenly become active just because you had chicken pox as a child. Another reason shingles might become active later in years is a weak immune system, so anything you can do to boost the immune system is a plus.

Articles of interest:

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Shingles and Chicken Pox in Adults