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does stress bring on shingles?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
It can: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You can only get shingles if you have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant (asleep) in the nervous system and can be reactivated by a weakened immune system, causing shingles. Serious stress can weaken the immune system and bring on a case of shingles. There is a vaccine for preventing shingles for people over 50.
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Immune system: Stress can weaken the immune system which can increase chance of getting shingles. ...So yes it's possible. Get treatment soon. Good luck.

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How can I cope with the stress of being a new parent?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.
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What are some tips for lowering stress in pregnancy?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Stress management: Let go of the things you cannot fix, and focus on what's really important for you and your pregnancy.
A 38-year-old member asked:

As a woman in my 30s, how can I avoid stress?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Manage it: Everyone has to deal with stressful situations. But it's not only the stress that makes us feel achy, tense, and irritable. It's also how we react to the stress. It's possible to retrain your brain to respond to stress so it doesn't cause you distress -- at least some of the time. The american psychological association pages on stress are a good place to start: www.Apa.Org/helpcenter/stress.Aspx.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I keep from stressing about my unborn baby's being normal and myhealth?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Prenatal stress: You should talk to ur OB & if he/she tells you everything is okay you should not stress yourself. The baby feels your stress as well so it would be better to let your doctor worry &stress for your & your baby's health if needed. You should enjoy your pregnancy&be happy. If your doctor told you some thing is wrong, there may be other things you could do besides stressing. Use ur energy positively.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

Im a very stressed out person, n need to know how to cope with it? I get physically ill when its high.

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Therapy and medicati: You have several options. Cognitive therapy from a good therapist can be very effective in helping with stress and anxiety. There are also very good medications that can give you help. Many times we use a combination of these two therapies. See your doctor and get a recommendation on a good cognitive therapist. Check with your doctor about using some medication that may be helpful.

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