What most of people still do not know is whether the Shingles is contagious or not. We will try to answer this question. Shingles can be contagious in certain cases while in others it is not necessarily transmittable. It all depends on the phase of this condition, so as on other factors. We will mention some of them and try to give an explanation.
We should make a distinction right away: the shingles itself is not contagious; but the virus contained in the fluid covering the skin wounds/rash, can be transmitted to other people. Most of people believe that the Shingles and the virus causing it is the same thing.
The virus that causes shingles (and chickenpox) can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. If one has blisters, rash or open wounds, it is quite possible that the virus will be transmitted to other person who came into touch with the skin of the infected person. So the first answer is: yes, the Shingles may lead to the infection.
Still, it doesn’t always have to be transmittable. If there was no any direct contact with the rash or a wound of the infected person, one may go without getting the virus. The phase in which Shingles can lead to infection is when there are blisters on the skin and the fluid that covers them hasn’t produced any crusts yet so the virus contained in the fluid can be transmitted easily. After the crusts are formed, the condition is considered to be no longer transmittable by skin to skin contact. Also, if one has already have chickenpox he/she is immune.
This means that one should be extra careful if having blisters. He/she should cover them and avoid physical contacts with other people until the crusts are formed. The treatment procedures must be followed so as the doctor’s directions. The patient must not scratch the rash or expose it to sun rays.