When should isolation measures be taken in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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During the acute phase, patients are contagious should be counseled to avoid direct skin contact with immunocompromised persons, pregnant women, and individuals with no history of chickenpox infection. Infants and babies are especially vulnerable at the acute, contagious stage. If the patient is hospitalized, contact isolation measures should be considered.


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