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Newnan, GA
A 64-year-old female asked:

are shingles caused by stress?

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
I don't think so.: I don't think we know what precipitates " shingles". But for all adults after age 50, i recommend the shingles vaccine ( zostavax), to protect yourself. Most insurances cover it, but even if they don't its worth to invest $ 200.00 having a shot.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingles: Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Although stress does not cause a Shingles outbreak, prolonged, marked stress could weaken the immune system & increase the odds. https://www.everydayhealth.com/shingles/stress-management.aspx

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does stress bring on shingles?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
It can: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You can only get shingles if you have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant (asleep) in the nervous system and can be reactivated by a weakened immune system, causing shingles. Serious stress can weaken the immune system and bring on a case of shingles. There is a vaccine for preventing shingles for people over 50.
Denver, CO
A 38-year-old female asked:

Looks like I have another bout of shingles coming on. Is it from stress?

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Dr. David Yablonsky
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Probably: Stress can cause this. Other things can too such as infection, sun exposure, etc

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