A 42-year-old member asked:
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could someone get shingles without ever having chicken pox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not really: Shingles is a pattern illness where the virus reactivates from its hibernation spot in the nerves. More than 90% of adults who think they never had Cpx show positive blood evidence.Some even get Cpx in the womb, and survive with no knowledge it ever happened.A blood test can show someone had it, if that is the question.
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Except the rare case of simultaneous zoster + varicella seen in a child getting chicken pox. But the chicken pox always comes first.
May 25, 2014

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