I've just found out that my MIL has shingles. I saw her scratching the oozing blisters over the weekend thinking it was just a spider bite. She never washed her hands and even changed DS's diapers and touched him. I've been advised to take him to the GP if I see any spots or notice a fever. Should I be completely staying away from my MIL until its all healed? Has anybody else had any experience with shingles? I'm also having surgery in 3 weeks time and the I know that you can catch chicken pox even if you've already had them.
I'm asking because her GP said they're not contagious & I've spoken to two GP's who said that it IS contagious.