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Can you swim in the Bay (salt water) with Shingles....I have no open sores...just still have the pain.

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Asked by shapal at 10:24 AM on Jul. 7, 2013 in Health

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  • Why in the hell would you want to?

    But, to answer your question, if you feel well enough to swim, then go for it.
    Shingles are not contagious.

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 10:28 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • Yup you can but I'm sure it wouldn't feel to great.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 10:38 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I wouldn't. I can only imagine all the microorganisms and bacteria lurking in the water that might make the shingles worse, or the content of the salt in the water being enough to dry out skin cells and burst those puppies open again when you try to dry off.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:51 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • Isn't it contagious?


    Answer by MamaC06 at 10:56 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I imagine that would burn like crazy.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 12:12 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • Shingles is NOT contagious itself, but it could cause someone who has never had chicken pox to get chicken pox. I personally would not do it for that reason alone. But add to that salt water can be very drying and open sores or not I would not want to risk the salt water drying them out and making them crack and hurt.

    Answer by aeneva at 1:34 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I do not see why not BUT this is a question I would ask a doctor.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:54 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I wouldn't. I had shingles, and they hurt like hell. I wouldn't want to risk having tiny open cracks or sores, too small to notice, get hit by the salt water and maybe open further. Also, tiny openings could let in infectious bacteria, even from salt water.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:30 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • How about you stay on dry land, ok?

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 5:28 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

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