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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
16 years experience Dermatology
Chickenpox Part II: Shingles (varicella zoster) is a reactivation of the chicken pox infection you had as a child. The virus remains dormant in the body. It can reactiva ... Read More
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Dr. Vikram Patel
37 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is already in your body. It remains dormant in most people but can activate if the immunity is lower e.G ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles) ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Pets don't carry varicella zoster virus. You get shingles from yourself: reactivation of the latent chickenpox virus that's present in your nerve cel ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
It's all about you!: It's in you as long as you have had chickenpox. One day it wakes up and pain starts with or before the rash.
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
17 years experience Pain Management
Yourself : If one has had chickenpox the virus never leaves your body. It stays dormant inside nerve near the spinal cord. A certain trigger wakes them up and ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Not really: Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus. If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppre ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
9 years experience Family Medicine
Chicken Pox: You get shingles if you were infected with chicken pox earlier in life and something activates the dormant virus and causes shingles. The chicken pox ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
24 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: But it takes a very long time. You get shingles because your immunity to chicken pox has waned, and you get a reactivation of the virus in a nerve. ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Yes you can: I do realize how discomforting this can be. The rash of shingles usually recurs in the same area because of the dermatomal or skin pattern the nerve f ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
29 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: N/Virus: Y: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person ... Read More
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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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