Shingles and CMV relation?

Patient

Q: I was just diagnosed with shingles. i have a roomate who has CMV. Could this be in any way related to my outbreak and does her 13 year old son need to not come in contact with me for a certain time

Doctor

A:   Shingles is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox in their lifetime can get shingles. CMV belongs to the same family of the Herpes Virus and has no relation with your shingles. I hope I could clear your doubt.

Related Q&A

Q: I have a poor immune system due to long term steroid medication, so will I catch shingles from my husband, if he gets...

Q: I was diagnosed with shingles 4 weeks ago. I took Acyclovir for 2 weeks. The rash is over but the left half of my for...

Q: My husband was just diagnosed with shingles and is on an antiviral. I grew up in a family with six children, but am ...

Q: Can you get shingles more than once? My daughter had them about 6 mos. ago and she feels that she has them again.

Q: I think my son has the shingles and we need to know what to do

MOST DOCTOR RECOMMENDATIONS
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews