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A 28-year-old female asked:

I have shingles for the 3rd time. i'm only 28 years old. what is going on? should i be tested for other things?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Doubt VZV ?HSV2: You do not describe where your "shingles" are located. Varicella-zoster shingles only rarely recur especially in someone as young as you. If your lesions are anywhere near your genital area or buttocks it is probably herpes simplex virus 2 or genital herpes that is recurring. If this is the case valacyclovir tablets from your physician can prevent these recurrences.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sure of diagnosis?: Are you sure that this has been a third bout of shingles. This sounds unusual. Insure that the condition is actually Shingles. If if has been Shingles each time - your immune system should be evaluated.

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Last updated Oct 27, 2018

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