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Can i exercise with shingles?

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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
May increase your: Pain, since the area involved is sensitive to friction.
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If you wish ...: Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus. It is fairly common with up to 25% of people having it at some point in life. One theory as to why it occurs is a slight 'weakening' of the immune system, with age, intercurrent illness or a period of stress. Exercise is not excluded but relative rest while unwell may allow the body to better recuperate and recover.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes!: You can but do not irritate the area with shingles? Too strenuous activity could prolong infection!
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: But to avoid exposing un immunized people to chicken pox especially pregnant women contact isolation is indicated

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