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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below : Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Will not trigger it: The exposure to a child with chickenpox will not cause shingles to appear in an adult. If the adult never had chickenpox (rare) it could be passed to the adult as the generalized illness of chickenpox.Incubation period would be 10-21 days(ave 14).

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