A 38-year-old member asked:
can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Alfredo Garcia answered
55 years experience Pediatrics
Shingles: Shingles or herpes zoster is caused by a reactivated chickenpox (varicella) virus that has gone dormant after the initial varicella infection. So the answer to your question is no.
Answered on Sep 2, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
No, but: You canot have shingles unless you had prior chickenpox.However, 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox test positive for antibodies (they had it).You can actually acquire the germ if your mother has chickenpox during pregnancy and the germ gets into your system. This causes some problems in pregnancy but may go unrecognised and have no visable effect on the baby.
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
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