A 45-year-old member asked:
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if chicken pox rash gets all over the body, are shingles rashes equally likely to occur in every part of the body?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Shingles tends to affect a single dermatome (nerve distribution).
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Like a shingle: You never quite get over the chickenpox. The virus, herpes zoster, hibernates in nerve cells in the spinal cord & cranial nerves. When immunity weakens - another viral infection, malnutrition, stress, aging - the virus awakens in a portion of the skin in the distribution of one spinal cord segment or one cranial nerve. So you get chickenpox along a strip of skin on one side of the body - a shingle.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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Dr. Armando Russo
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You should wait: As with any viral skin disease, contact with the "sore" can spread the virus ( in your case varicella zoster) to someone who never was exposed.

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