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exposed to shingles? Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12

I got a call from my Aunt today saying she just went to the doctor for some spots on her face and found out she has shingles. The doctor told her it is extremely contagious and not to be around any children or pregnant women. since she didn't have the open sores until a few days later when i was around her should i still be concerned that i could have been exposed to it? i'm going to mention it to my doctor Monday but i was just curious if anyone knew anything about it.

Jenaren86 2 kids; Sheridan, Oregon 178 posts
30th Nov '12

I didn't know you weren't supposed to be around shingles my mom has them and we live in the same house I'm now 35 weeks pregnant and haven't seen anything, or had side effects from it that I know I'm wondering now too!!!!

Vanilla MILFshake. 1 child; Georgia 5424 posts
30th Nov '12

It is contagious and you are more likely to get it if you've had chicken pox.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Vanilla MILFshake.:" It is contagious and you are more likely to get it if you've had chicken pox."

I have had chicken pox >.<

Vanilla MILFshake. 1 child; Georgia 5424 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Andrea0510:" I have had chicken pox >.<"


Just keep an eye out and let your doctor know that you were exposed so they can watch out for it too.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Jenaren86:" I didn't know you weren't supposed to be around shingles my mom has them and we live in the same house ... [snip!] ... house I'm now 35 weeks pregnant and haven't seen anything, or had side effects from it that I know I'm wondering now too!!!!"

You definitely don't need to be around her if she has them. it can be really dangerous for you to be exposed to them.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Vanilla MILFshake.:" Just keep an eye out and let your doctor know that you were exposed so they can watch out for it too."

Alright i will thanks!

*MTHFR MoMmY* TTC since Jan 2014; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Sullivan, MO, United States 1905 posts
30th Nov '12

I had shingles a few Years ago and was told the same thing. So after reading this post I googled it to see if what I remembered was accurate. What I was told is that there is a.chance.the.virus.coukd effect the unborn baby, even if the mother doesn't show signs..



And here is what I found...




Shingles is not common during pregnancy but any type of exposure to shingles during pregnancy needs to be taken seriously and making sure to contact your physician immediately is of the utmost importance. Shingles is a virus that is a herpes type virus, it is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus can affect the body's immune system and therefore cause the mother to be susceptible to other viruses and diseases. The chances of the shingles virus causing harm to the unborn child is very slim but the possibility does exist so that is why contacting your physician immediately is so important.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting *MTHFR MoMmY*:" I had shingles a few Years ago and was told the same thing. So after reading this post I googled it to ... [snip!] ... unborn child is very slim but the possibility does exist so that is why contacting your physician immediately is so important."

So do you think it would be okay to wait until my appointment monday or should i call L&D and ask the OB on call?

Kadie McCourt 1 child; Lisbon, Maine 85 posts
30th Nov '12

I had exposure to shingles while pregnant much the same as you did. I have never had chicken pox, but what my doctor told me was that - If you have NOT had chicken pox, it can lead you to get them, but if you HAVE had chickenpox, the shingles are not contagious to you, since the virus is already inside your body. Also, she said it's not a true 'exposure' unless you touched the open sores, and then touched your face.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Kadie McCourt:" I had exposure to shingles while pregnant much the same as you did. I have never had chicken pox, but ... [snip!] ... inside your body. Also, she said it's not a true 'exposure' unless you touched the open sores, and then touched your face."

The doctor told my aunt that you have to have had chicken pox in the past to even get shingles because she told him she never had chicken pox and he told her it wasn't possible unless she did. it's confusing everyone says something different lol.

RussellTabitha Landers Ha Due December 24; 2 kids; Palestine, Texas 1 posts
30th Nov '12

I had shingles when I was 33 weeks. I'm 36 weeks now. And no neither me or my unborn baby has had any problems. The doctor just put me on medicine for 10 days and everything was fine.

Nikki Roy Due November 30 (boy); Japan 21 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Andrea0510:" I got a call from my Aunt today saying she just went to the doctor for some spots on her face and found ... [snip!] ... have been exposed to it? i'm going to mention it to my doctor Monday but i was just curious if anyone knew anything about it."


My mom had them.... this is what she said
Is Shingles Contagious?
Shingles can be highly contagious, if an individual comes in contact with a person who has open blisters or sores. People who have never had chickenpox in their lives can be more prone to getting this from another individual. Sneezing will not cause another person to get the illness, only direct contact with another sufferer.

Pickle Due September 2 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 4205 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Nikki Roy:" My mom had them.... this is what she said Is Shingles Contagious? Shingles can be highly contagious, ... [snip!] ... from another individual. Sneezing will not cause another person to get the illness, only direct contact with another sufferer."

i think i will be okay then since she didn't get the open sores until about 48 hours after but i'll still mention it to my doctor just to be safe thanks for the info!

Kadie McCourt 1 child; Lisbon, Maine 85 posts
30th Nov '12
Quoting Andrea0510:" The doctor told my aunt that you have to have had chicken pox in the past to even get shingles because ... [snip!] ... never had chicken pox and he told her it wasn't possible unless she did. it's confusing everyone says something different lol."


Yes, you have to have had the chickenpox, or the shingles virus won't be in your body at all. What I was trying to say, was that if you have already had the chicken pox, being exposed to someone with shingles, will NOT give you shingles. It's when you HAVEN'T had the chicken pox, that being exposed to shingles in dangerous.