Chapter 20 Chronic Pain Q&A (1 of 100) Sample Questions
1. MP is 63-year-old man with active stage of herpes zoster (shingles). His shingles symptoms started with unusual skin sensation, such as pain, itching, tingling and burning and then painful rash appeared on right side of torso and extended to front and back after 4 to 5 days. What is the correct statement regarding transmission of shingles to others?
- A. Shingles is highly contagious and the virus spread through sneezing, coughing or casual contact.
- B. Shingles is not contagious because it causes by the same virus that cause chickenpox.
- C. Shingles is highly contagious and the virus spread by direct contact with fluid from the blister.
- D. A person with shingles rash only can pass virus to children and pregnant women.
Tips: Shingles is highly contagious and the virus spread by direct contact with fluid from the blister. The virus is not transmitted to others through sneezing, coughing or casual contact. A person with shingles can pass the virus to someone who never had chicken pox. If virus transmitted it can cause chicken pox not the shingles. Shingles rash should keep covered. Frequent hand washing helps to prevent the spread of virus. Shingles blisters eventually ruptures thus releases virus in approximately 3 to 5 days. Patients are infectious until the lesions are dried.