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Date: 20.12.2013
From: julie

Subject: virus

I know this might sound really stupid but can you catch a virus through opening a letter that someone has sent to you who had for example shingles? I just opened my sisters Christmas card then read an email from her, she went on to say that she thinks she might have shingles because she has a rash on her ribs. Its not confirmed its only her thinking it, no pain just a rash.

You all know how paranoid I can be and to be honest it scared me. I immediately washed my hands in bacteria wipe (and sorry but I threw her cards in the bin obviously using rubber gloves to touch them!!!) Am I being really silly. Please someone give me advice.
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Date: 20.12.2013
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: virus

hi Julie , shingles is no , you have to have had chickenpox before & its pretty rare , good to wash your hands after opening any letters , hope your sister not got shingles , wont be nice over xmas & new year
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Date: 20.12.2013
From: julie

Subject: Re: virus

thanks Colin I knew I could rely on you to answer How are you? Will remember about hands after opening any letters, I do the same if I have pushed a shopping trolley, always use my handwash.

I realise how silly I can be, honestly I am so paranoid. (maybe it runs in family, my sister always thinks the worst) Goodness knows how I will manage over Christmas, all family come on boxing day. And yes I hope she isn't ill for Christmas - Season of Good will or not I said she cant come down just in case, but we never have got together over Christmas so it wont matter we cant offend each other.

I wish you and everybody on this forum a nice and pain free Christmas and lots of pain free days for 2014.
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Date: 23.12.2013
From: Linda

Subject: Re: virus

I've had the shingles Julie and it's extremely painful, so perhaps your sister hasn't got it if there's no pain.

The shingles rash look just like pebbles.
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Date: 24.12.2013
From: Linda

Subject: Re: virus

I should also say, I don't think you can catch the shingles like that. The infection comes from within your own body. From the chicken pox.
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Date: 27.12.2013
From: julie

Subject: Re: virus

thanks Linda, I have had shingles myself a couple of years ago and it is painful. If she has had them it hasn't stopped her drinking over the Christmas period!!! Me - well not touched a drop and don't feel as if I have missed out. Hope you had a good Christmas.
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