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can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Jul 26, 2020
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
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.
Answered on Jun 10, 2018
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