How Long Should You Stay Home With Shingles?

Can you go to work if you have shingles?

However, you can spread the varicella-zoster virus from the time that your symptoms start until your rash and blisters have crusted dry.

If you have shingles and are otherwise healthy, you can still go out in public or to work..

Should I rest if I have shingles?

There is no cure for shingles, but there are medications, including antiviral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, to help fight the infection. While your shingles is active, you should: Rest and relax. Try moderate activities, such as walking and listening to music that can help take your mind off the pain.

Will shingles go away if left untreated?

For adults who are otherwise fairly healthy, shingles is not life threatening, though it can be quite uncomfortable. However, when left untreated, shingles may cause complications. For certain people — such as those over the age of 65 or whose immune systems are compromised — these complications could lead to death.

Can you shower when you have shingles?

Take a cool bath or shower to soothe skin. The coolness of the water can ease pain from shingles blisters and calm itchiness. You can also take a healing bath to reduce symptoms.

How do you know when shingles is no longer contagious?

A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. You are not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash crusts, you are no longer infectious. VZV from a person with shingles is less contagious than the virus from someone with chickenpox.

How long are you out of work if you have shingles?

The answer depends on where you work and where your rash is located: If the rash is on your face, do not return to work until the area has crusted over, which generally takes 7 to 10 days. If the rash is in an area that you can cover (eg, with a gauze bandage or clothing), you may return to work once you feel well.