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Diving after Shingles

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by Graeme Fraser, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    Talk to Oliver Firth. https://www.hyperdive.co.uk/
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  2. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    Yes I'm afraid I did the typical bloke thing of shrugging it off as nothing. In hindsight an earlier call to the doc would've nipped it in the bud much sooner. Lesson learnt and all that.

    BTW, I know exactly what you mean about even a slight breeze hurting. Even the bedsheets feel like sandpaper.
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  3. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Literally virtually diving

    I had shingles twice, once as an infant, once in college. I never had a documented case of chickenpox so is likely I had some sort of in utero exposure. The nerve of that virus!
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  4. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Hi @Graeme Fraser ,

    The blisters shed the virus, so you should avoid contact with anyone who hasn't had chicken pox. Recommend you avoid diving if the skin is not intact. Once the skin is healed over, you should be fine.

    Highly recommend you speak with your practitioner about the vaccine. Here's a blurb from the US Centers for Disease Control: Shingrix Shingles Vaccination | What You Should Know | CDC

    Best regards,
  5. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    Thank you for your advice @Duke Dive Medicine I'm just at the scabby stage now so will certainly leave it a bit longer till the skin has healed.

    Definitely going to get the vaccine as you and others have suggested.
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  6. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    No advice, just wishing you a speedy recovery Graeme!
  7. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    Thank you Ryan. On the plus side I had a good excuse not to dig the garden up last week, although I think the wife's starting to get suspicious :D.
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  8. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canyon Lake, TX
    A lot of people don't pay as much attention to Shingles as they should. After getting the old Shingles vaccine, I had a pretty mild case isolated to hip and thigh, but a good friend of mine lost an eye because the virus attacked her face. Now I have the new Shingrix vaccine, and am hoping I miss a repeat bout of the virus. Even a mild case was not fun.

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