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can you get shingles twice in the same place

A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
10 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Shingles is a reactivation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. It typically occurs in the same dermatomal distribution of the body, so to answ ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience Dermatology
Reduced risk: It's unusual to get shingles more than once.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes...but: A sunburn will be an obvious sun exposed area on both sides of the spine. A known history of sun over exposure would be known. The shingles would only ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably not: If your husband has ever had chickenpox or been vaccinated against chickenpox, he doesn't need to worry. If for some reason he's not already immune t ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No you can not: You can not get the same strain of virus twice in a row.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sathya Jaganmohan
20 years experience Gastroenterology
Abdominal Pain: Abdominal pain can be at the same location everyday. This could represent inflammation in the stomach, intestines or trapped gas pockets in your intes ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hien Tran
Dr. Hien Tran answered
14 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but less likely: A person is most likely to spread it when they have an active lesion, however, an infected person will still shed the virus periodically even if they ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That is: Possible.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Variant: Viruses mutate and can cause repeated illnesses, but are you sure this is the stomach flu? If your GI symptoms keep recurring, you may need to have th ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes you can if dislodging the blood clot that forms inside the socket and therefore disturbing the healing process, dry socket can happen again bad a ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
No.: You can't even get vaccinated in the first place. The vaccine for lyme disease is no longer available. It was discontinued by the manufacturer in 200 ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It's not common but it can happen.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: These are separate diseases caused by separate viruses. They can occur independently and occasionally at the same time. Having one does not immunize ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Not a podiatry ?: You need to direct this towards you family doctor.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: yes
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Low risk: Needles are never reused. Gloves are barriers to prevent contact with blood and other secretions. You are at very low risk to get HIV from the doctors ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Pneumonia is inflammation in the lung usually form infection it can occur throughout the year but is more common during winter months.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
18 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Yes you can.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satish Sundar
33 years experience Pediatrics
It's ok: Precise time is not critical...as long as it is within a couple hours.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
It should be okay: Antibiotics can be very finicky about in regards to absorption rate in vivo. Most antibiotics do okay with the stomach's acidic content, and in soda ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely to happen: Herpes zoster (shingles) is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not ... Read More
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