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How is it possible to get shingles disease?

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Dr. Jason Black answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Reactivation: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella-zoster) that lives dormant in nerve cells after the initial chicken pox infection.

Answered 10/3/2016


Dr. Coyle Connolly answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Shingles : Shingles is caused by the same virus responsible for chicken pox . The virus remains in a dormant state until a shingles outbreak occurs years later when the immune system is weakened or during stressful times.

Answered 6/2/2013



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