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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can you get shingles again? i had it @ 14 i'm now 23 (8w preg) i have a patch of red raised bumps on my stomach - super itchy! but painful

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It can pop up repeatedly. I'm sorry about this. Congratulations on your pregnancy.
Dr. Carl Shory
Hair Restoration 38 years experience
Repeated shingles: It used to be common medical wisdom that you can only get shingles once but this just isn't true. I have had it more than a dozen times over the past 25 years. It doesn't always progress to a rash now but it always responds to acyclovir or valacyclovir.

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Last updated Oct 28, 2017

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