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Is shingles contagious?

Is shingles contagious? Ask the doctors Q. I understand that shingles is caused by a virus. Does that mean that shingles is contagious? A. Yes and no. If you had chickenpox when you were a child, you are at risk for shingles. Shingles occurs when the varicella-zoster virus that caused your chickenpox re-emerges after lying dormant in your nerve cells from the time of your original illness. When this occurs, you are…

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