This maybe in the wrong topic but heres my problem .. i have recently been diagnosed with 'shingles' waheey lucky me i was just wondering how contagious this is and how it is passed on ? and also if i wasted to french kiss someone would they catch it off me ? any help most apreciated thanks x
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Shingles itself is not contagious. It comes from the same virus that causes chicken pox. It occurs only when the virus in the person's body becomes active (following a bout of chicken pox, the virus is actually present in the body but becomes dormant in the spinal nerve cells, but can be "reactivated" if you will, by a weakened immune system, or physical or emotional trauma). So contact w/ and infected person won't cause shingles.
However, since shingles and chicken pox are related, contact w/ someone who has the virus can spawn chicken pox in a person who hasn't had them.
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