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momtoesther 03-27-2013 01:54 PM

A woman I work with just let me know she has a terrible case of shingles. I'm in close contact and I used her camera right after she did. Should I be worried? I don't remember ever having chicken pox, but when I was pregnant with my first I tested positive for antibodies, so I should be protected, right?

stevensmom 03-27-2013 01:56 PM

Re: shingles
I get shingles while pregnant/nursing (long story short, get them yearly for the past 23ish years :(). You'll be fine if you do contact them. But know that you can only get them if you have touched her open sores.


and yes you can only get shingles if you've had cp before

momtoesther 03-27-2013 01:59 PM

Re: shingles
oh, I thought you could only get them if you HAVEN'T had c.pox :(

stevensmom 03-27-2013 02:04 PM

Re: shingles
nope...shingles comes on from the dormaint cp virus. If you've had CP then you can get shingles

keonli 03-27-2013 02:06 PM

Re: shingles
You are fine. My co worker came down with it too, right before I had my baby.

FrozenBooty 03-28-2013 04:43 AM

I got shingles with one of my pregnancies found out right after i delivered baby was fine I just didn't touch the sores and him.

stephbrown13 03-28-2013 09:59 AM

Re: shingles
I had shingles last year. No one else in my family got it. Just don't rub all over her open sores and you should be fine:)

sarahtee 03-28-2013 02:58 PM

Like others said, as long as you don't touch the sores you will be fine. My grandma had shingles and was told by her Dr that it wasn't contagious, but I applied some lotion for her (it was on her back and she couldn't reach) and a few days later I had shingles too. It hurts! Luckily it doesn't last long with antibiotics.

saturn 04-01-2013 11:12 AM

Re: shingles
A person with no immunity to chicken pox could catch chicken pox from your coworker with shingles (but only by touching the sores). If you are immune to chicken pox, then you can't catch anything from the coworker.
Shingles is a re-activation of the dormant chicken pox virus already in your own body. You don't catch it from anybody, it's just something that can happen because after you recover from chicken pox the germs never totally go away - they linger and can cause shingles later on.

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