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Apr 22, 2016 8:54 AM

So my m.has shingles now she has just started breaking out. O was under the impression that since I've never had chicken pox I csnt get shingles. I hear shingles is super painful and the idea of me catching a side illnes that is also painful is terrifying to me. My dad's nurse says she should not be touching a lot of things around the house. And anything she does touch should be wiped down.
So my question is do I really need to try and stay away from her as much as possible, since I live here it could be tough. So any advice or tips?

Apr 22, 2016 9:34 AM

You can still get shingles even if you have had the chicken pox. I have had chicken pox 3x (really mild cases) and a mild case of the shingles. Its best that you do some research online and yes, it's highly contageous.

Apr 22, 2016 9:44 AM

Yes there's a med you take to reduce the effects of adult chicken pox. I suggest you look into it. Adult chicken pox are much worse then childrens. Shingles is horrific. It sits on nerves and the nerve pain is terrible. Is she on Valtrax?

Apr 22, 2016 9:45 AM

Valtrex I mean

Apr 22, 2016 9:57 AM

They gave her lyrics for her pain and an antibiotic. Not sure which one. She seems to be handling it pretty well and my uncle sis mention the shot.

Apr 22, 2016 12:23 PM

Shingles are horribly painful! I wouldn't wish them on anyone! I thought u had to already have had chicken pox to get shingles; but I believe u can get chicken pox from contact with someone who has shingles. Be VERY careful as it sucks to have on top of other pain!

Apr 22, 2016 2:23 PM

You should avoid as much contact as possible. You can catch the virus that caused her to have shingles. Adult chicken pox is awful, and so is shingles, and mono (all room the same virus). My hubby caught chicken pox from our daughters and he had the worst case. Buy some disposable gloves to wear when in the kitchen or bathroom. Try to chlorox wipe all normally touched surfaces; doorknobs, light switches, toilet & sink handles, refrigerator and cabinet knobs. I hope your mom is better soon, and that no one else catches it. Hugs & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Apr 22, 2016 7:55 PM

Thanks. Flappys.. She is doing OK although she is in pain but she is now getting a taste of what I deal with everyday. I disinfected the house today and moped the living room. She is mostly staying in her room so that helps and I do stay as far away as I can. I hope she does get better soon. Cise I'm wipped out. Doing even more then I already do. Ha..lol

Apr 22, 2016 8:35 PM

If you have never had the chicken pox, you won't get shingles from her but you CAN et chicken pox!!!

Apr 22, 2016 8:38 PM

Thank you fibrofog... Thsts what I'm concerned about. I'm gonna call my Dr Monday and see if I can benefit from the shot.

Apr 23, 2016 1:19 PM

New, if you can tolerate it around the house, please use a 1:10 dilution of bleach to water. Also use disposable gloves and wipe down high touch surfaces as much as possible. That should help cut down on spreading but yes, I would call your doctor on Monday.

Apr 25, 2016 3:12 PM

Just a heads up nerve pain can last for months maybe longer after the blisters/rash disappear.

Apr 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Newfibrogirl since you live in the same house it becomes difficult to limit contact. There is s 22 day incubation period BEFORE the pustules pop out where she was contagious just being in the same room or touching things that she touched. I can tell you that after all that time, if you've not gotten them by now, the likelihood is that you won't. The only thing you need to remember is to not touch her sores. As long as they are there and oozing, you CAN catch it through physical contact. If you just relax and remember that if you were going to get them, you'd probably have gotten it by now. Lots of love.{{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you can relax and not worry about it so much. Love you bunches!! 😍💕❤️

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