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A 30-year-old female asked:

I'm 30 years old and have had shingles 3 times in less than a year. i have an active case right now. what can i do besides take acyclovir? how long do i have to wait to get the zoster vaccine? and would it be helpful?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Shingles: You may be having herpes 1 or 2 infection (outbreaks) and not shingles. If indeed you have had shingles x 3 in less than a year, you may want to see a doctor for further evaluation and to make sure your immune system is not compromised. It is unusual for a 30 year old with a healthy immune system to have that many episodes of shingles.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
See a pro: See a dermatologist. You have not had shingles 3 times in a year. It is something else [herpes???]. Getting shingles if far more effective than the vaccine.

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