Can I infect others with herpes zoster?

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Herpes zoster is much less contagious than chicken pox, but it is important for someone with shingles to avoid those who may be more easily infected, such as infants, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system. it can only be passed to others who have not had chicken pox. the newly infected people will then develop chicken pox, not shingles.

Infections from herpes zoster are likely to recur from time to time, especially in people whose immune systems are weakened. prompt treatment of the infections is important to reduce the risk of severe complications that may threaten sight.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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