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How active can I be with shingles?

People with shingles have no limitations on their activities other than to avoid newborns, pregnant women, the elderly and other individuals with weak immune systems until the rash has crusted over; this prevents these individuals from becoming infected with the shingles virus. In most cases, people with shingles experience body aches and fatigue early in its course and pain in the area of the rash before, during, and after the rash manifests, but they may participate in what ever activities feel up to. Swimming and hot-tubing and bathtubs should be avoided until the rash has fully healed in order to prevent bacteria from infecting the rash. Showering is encouraged.

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