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My daughter has just got shingle and I visited her yesterday.

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My daughter has just got shingle and I visited her yesterday. I have had chicken pox so does this make me immune as I went to a friends house today and got turned away as there was someone there who's daughter is pregnant (not at the house) but they were all afraid I could pass it on to them. I understand that my daughter would be a risk to the elderly and pregnant women but not me as a result of my visit.
I need to know as I am counsellor and have a client who also has a pregnant daughter so don't want to put her at risk in any way.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

If you have had chicken pox in the past you are immune to the virus.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

If someone has had chicken pox in the past that would make her immune and they cannot get chicken pox.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So a patient with shingles is no threat to an immune person.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Let me know if you have more questions.

Customer:

Just to confirm then if I have had chicken pox I am immune to shingles?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

yes

Dr. Shahzad MD :

you are immune

Customer:

So last question - my daughter has had chicken pox and she got shingles so how does that add up?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Actually what happens is that when one has had chicken pox in the past the virus hides in the nerves.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

So the person himself/herself can get shingles in future.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But not chicken pox again.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The virus reactivates in the body causing shingles.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

A person who has never had chicken pox or a person who is not immune can get chicken pox from her.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But not a person who has already had chicken pox.

Customer:

Sorry being dumb here - so what causes it to reactivate as shingles?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

It can happen due to reduced immunity such as that seen in pregnancy.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Any number of causes can reactivate the virus.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Sometimes the cause cannot be determined.

Customer:

Thanks so I am at no risk of passing on chicken pox to my clients as I have already had it. If I had reduced immunity at the moment I could possibly get shingles from my daughter?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

One cannot get shingles from another person.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The virus that is already present in oneself is activated.

Customer:

Thanks that is the definitive answer I wanted. Great¬

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