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Can you go swimming with shingles?

I have shingles & I'm wondering if I should wait till it's better or is it ok to go?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Aug. 23, 2011 in Health

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  • The only way a person can get chicken pox from shingles is if they come into direct contact with the sores. I would think that it would be ok as long as you were wearing a suit that covered it. However, I would also be checking with my doctor to make certain there is no way I would be exposing anyone through water transfer of the germ.
    other_mother

    Answer by other_mother at 4:20 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • I would hope you wouldn't. You could spread the virus to others who haven't had chicken pox (same virus). Stay at home, rest up, in a few weeks you should be good to go
    daylily888

    Answer by daylily888 at 4:20 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • I don't know about the spread factor, but I wouldn't imagine that would be great for your skin right now with all the chlorine or the bacteria in the water if its not chlorinated. You could easily get an infection from the water.
    tntmom1027

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 4:22 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • remember the danger to pregnant woman!
    2teens2LOs

    Answer by 2teens2LOs at 4:23 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • Please stay home until it clears up!
    zoejains_momma

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 4:24 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • Please don't do this
    Brawnwyn

    Answer by Brawnwyn at 4:24 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • I was told if you have a salt water pool and they were covered it would be ok..
    sweetangie79

    Answer by sweetangie79 at 8:30 PM on Aug. 23, 2011

  • NO! Jesus they are contagious! Elderly people can DIE from shingles.
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 1:36 AM on Aug. 24, 2011

  • The pool I would be swimming is mine
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 12:12 PM on Aug. 24, 2011

  • If it's your pool, then go for it.
    other_mother

    Answer by other_mother at 12:50 PM on Aug. 24, 2011

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