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Frequently Asked Questions

7. Is shingles contagious?

The dark scabs are part of the healing process. - Click to enlarge in new window.
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For people who have had chickenpox, shingles is not contagious. However, if you have never had chickenpox, contact with someone who has shingles could give you chickenpox. The fluid from their open blisters is infectious. Your doctor may suggest giving you the chickenpox vaccine if you are exposed to someone with shingles.