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Can you get shingles twice in the same place

A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Ernest
Emergency Medicine 11 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
Reduced risk: It's unusual to get shingles more than once.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
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
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
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
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sunnie Skiles
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Vaccines: There are no contraindications to receiving these two vaccines at the same time, usually they are not given next to each other. That is in different ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Rethink everything: No, you will not get zoster (shingles) any time soon. Why are you still taking Valtrex when the treatment for shingles is 1 Gram 3x a day for 7 (SEVEN... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Early is better: Some folks think the flu shot wears off over time & it does but over several years, not months. The problem with the flu is there are several (5-8... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: It is possible to suffer from herpes zoster (shingles) and at the same time be dealing with a herpes simplex outbreak.

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