A 23-year-old female asked:
Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Yes but rare: Shingles, which is a reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus. Most people are infected with the virus as children and it lays dormant in our nervous system. The disease generally manifests in times of stress or when our immune systems are weak which generally occurs as we get older.
3.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Pain Management 18 years experience
Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state.
3.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 26, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.