In the evening, can shingles spread through clothing? For example combining sufferers’ clothes with others before washing.
Hello Rainaa, thanks for asking.
Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox or varicella. When a person recovers from chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus will be dormant (inactive) in the nerves in the spine. Generally the virus will no longer be active as long as a person's immune system is good enough. But in some cases, when there is a decrease in immune power, the virus can reactivate and attack the nerves where it is silent. The symptoms caused are similar to chicken pox, which is the appearance of a red rash accompanied by blisters, but accompanied by pain or heat, and only about certain areas of the body. The area of the body affected is according to which nerves are attacked by the virus.
The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with the patient's skin, contact with items previously affected by skin disorders from the patient (for example clothing), or through the air. If your clothes are exposed to fluids from the patient's blisters directly, or indirectly through the patient's clothes, it is also possible that you will get the virus. But you must pay attention to the timeline. If the patient has blisters for a long time and has dried for days on clothing, there is a possibility that the virus has died or is weakened. If then your clothes and patient's clothes are washed together, if the washing process is good, then the virus will die. You also need to remember, that contact with a virus does not mean you will definitely be infected. As long as your immune system is good, you may not be easily infected.
The thing you can do is, separate the patient's clothes, do not wash together, to guard against possible transmission. Use a mask when in close contact with sufferers. Wash your hands after you come in contact with sufferers. Increase your immune system by getting enough rest, regular exercise, consumption of water that is optimal, consumption of protein, vegetables, and fruit.
Hope this answer helps yes. Regards.