By SwellSwellSwell - 19/05/2017 16:19 - United Kingdom

Today, as a nursing assistant, I often hear that the biggest thing people get from their job is satisfaction of helping others get better. Biggest thing I've gotten out of it? Shingles. FML
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Hey guys, OP here. I've gotten over the worst part of it, just left with a small scab under my eye. When I first started they told me all the vaccines I needed, which they would provide. Shingles/chicken pox vaccine wasn't on there! At least it's cleared now!

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I'm guessing you fell outside the typical range for the disease and couldn't get a vaccine prior to exposure?

Ouch, sorry OP. I've had it three times (twice in the eye) and I'm still to young to get the vaccine. I hope you are one of the luckier ones who just got a minor case of it but either way I feel your pain.

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I'm guessing you fell outside the typical range for the disease and couldn't get a vaccine prior to exposure?

Shingles is not contagious. As a matter of fact everyone already has it dormant In their system. Commonly it outbursts after the age of 60 or so but in some cases it happens at a younger age. I had it at 23 and it was one of the most painful n uncomfortable things.

Incorrect. Shingles itself is not contagious, but is the the herpes zoster virus, as in the same strain as Chicken Pox. Shingles is a reemergence of the illness. That said, exposing someone who has neither vaccine to an active instance of the illness can infect a new person with chicken pox, or trigger a relapse in someone who has had chicken pod but not the shingles vaccine, causing them to manifest the symptoms of shingles. So no, not everyone has it, yes there are vaccines, and if you are in the at-risk group you should consider getting one, barring anything that makes you at risk for negative reactions to vaccines. If you've had shingles previously, you should discuss if you are still a candidate for vaccination as shingles victims are at risk for relapse.

Per the CDC: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles.

Ouch, sorry OP. I've had it three times (twice in the eye) and I'm still to young to get the vaccine. I hope you are one of the luckier ones who just got a minor case of it but either way I feel your pain.

It was minor, one blister and a load of swelling It's just a scab now, so back to work in a few days!

sorry to hear that ,i've had it when i was in high school .i had to stay home for 3 week.unforgettable!

sorry to hear that ,i've had it when i was in high school .i had to stay home for 3 week.unforgettable!

It's not a nice thing to have! I've been off of work for 2 weeks now

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Shingle bells, Shingle bells, Shingle all the way........

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My apologies, but I couldn't resist. Hope your quality of life doesn't suffer too much from them.

Don't worry, I found it funny! It's nearly gone now

Hey guys, OP here. I've gotten over the worst part of it, just left with a small scab under my eye. When I first started they told me all the vaccines I needed, which they would provide. Shingles/chicken pox vaccine wasn't on there! At least it's cleared now!

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You do know that it will stay inactive with you for the rest of your life, with the ability to become active and cause another bout of shingles at any time?

Per the CDC: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles.

Now all you've got to do is treat a professional roofer to properly put them on your house!

You didn't catch shingles from the nursing home. You got it from reactivation of the chickenpox virus you must have had laying dormant from when you were a child. If you caught anything from someone with shingles, it would be chickenpox.

Exactly. The lack of education in people these days is seriously disturbing. Thankfully, I have a grandmother who's been a nurse for over 35 years. I know it's not the same as a doctor. But she has multiple degrees, and she's a lot more knowledgeable than younger doctors. So I'm grateful for her and to learn all that I can. All though to actually use this myself, I'd need a degree myself.

Per the CDC: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles.

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protect yourself. use gloves. wash your hands... all the way up to your shoulders if you have to... let this be a lesson. alcohol gel doesn't protect against everything.

That's incorrect. You can't catch shingles from a person who has shingles. As someone already said it is the varicella virus in your system re-activating. However, if you have never had the chicken pox or gotten the vaccine, if you are exposed to shingles, it may cause an outbreak of chicken pox. This would be fairly rare though since most people have either had the chicken pox or the vaccine.