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Why would shingles occur in a young person?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Shingles: While it is uncommon for shingles in a young person it is not unheard of. All you need is to have had chickenpox before. Shingles can present in times of decreased immunity, stress etc..
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It can: Children who had chickenpox before age 1, whose mother had it late in pregnancy or who are immunocompromised have a higher risk for developing shingles. REF: https://www.stlouischildrens.org/health-resources/pulse/understanding-shingles

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Zoster n the Young: A healthy young person can get shingles. It is more commonly seen in the elderly or in individuals with immunocompromised patients. The notion that a young healthy person cannot get shingles is false. That ave being said, when shingles is seen in this population, the your doctor will ask you a few questions which will help him or her decide if blood tests are necessary.
Last updated Oct 27, 2018

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