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can you get shingles on both sides of your body

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Bress
50 years experience Internal Medicine
Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated.

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
60 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Yes to both questions.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
Absolutely, but very: rare. Shingles is essentially always expressed along distribution of peripheral nerve fibers, dermatomes, on one side. It is extremely rare (reasons u ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Sorry some meds help: It sounds like you have a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia - the nerves where the shingles hid are still sensitive. It can continue to do so ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Yes it is possible: Shingles virus follows a dermatomal pattern and when found on both sides of the body it is many times around the abdomen/chest area or thoracic back a ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
40 years experience General Practice
Get checked up: Shingles causes a painful rash which may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. It is possible for pain to persist even after the ra ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Maughon
24 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answ ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Derek Farley
24 years experience Urgent Care
Yes: Get to a doctor and get treatment to prevent further outbreaks and to treat the current one
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
35 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Yes and no: It is possible to have shingles in the mouth and that's about as inside as you will see with this disorder. The shingles form along a nerve root and c ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Usually: Shingles is reactivated chickenpox virus. You don't catch it some other person. It is from the chicken virus that infected you years ago when you wer ... Read More

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