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Can you get shingles if you have had chickenpox . my 23 daughter has just been diagnosed with them?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Yes: You must have had prior exposure to the varicella zoster virus to get shingles, and the majority of people who have been exposed to the virus have had overt chickenpox. I can't tell which your daughter has been diagnosed with: shingles or chickenpox. Anyone diagnosed with shingles, especially otherwise healthy young adults, should be tested for hiv, since it can increase the risk.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Essentially all of the patients with shingles have had either wild chickenpox or the vaccine at some point in their life. The shingles represents a brief and localized re-activation of the virus that went into hibernation after the first illness or vaccine.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Shingles: Yes. That is what shingles is: a reactivation of a previous chicken pox infection.

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