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Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Shingles usually 1 X: Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time. Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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I had shingles a few years ago. Could one get shingles a second time and should I get vacinated?

I had shingles a few years ago. Could one get shingles a second time and should I get vacinated?

Yes and yes: You can indeed get shingles more than one time and the vaccination can help lessen the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

NoClinicalTrial Data: Good question but no clinical trial data exists. Merck, who did all the work to develop the vaccine, did the only clinical trial to date which compared incidence of shingles in people who received real vaccine vs. Just a saline placebo injection. Study: http://www.Merck.Com/product/usa/pi_circulars/z/zostavax/zostavax_pi2.Pdf. ...Read more

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How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

2 months: That is somewhat controversial as there is some evidence that it can be given while on methotrexate. The current recommendation is to be off of it for 2 months. ...Read more

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How many times can a person get shingles?

How many times can a person get shingles?

Infinite: No one knows. Get zostavax shot if over 50 years old. The main thing is to treat the pain (post heretic neuralgia). ...Read more

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I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time ?

I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time ?

Yes.: Your immunity has probably been boosted by your recent outbreak and you may be protected from another outbreak for a period of time, but no one knows for sure how long that might be. ...Read more

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What happens if you have shingles more than 3 times in one year?

What happens if you have shingles more than 3 times in one year?

Unlikely: If you have shingles more than 3 times in a year, you probably don't have shingles, since that kind of recurrence is extremely uncommon. Far more likely is that you have cutaneous herpes simplex that keeps recurring in the same place. A culture or pcr of the lesion can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you. ...Read more

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Why could it be that someone who has the shingles gets them one right after another. Like they go away in no time they are back?

Recurrent Shingles: People with immune system diseases such as aids, diseases that affect the immune system such as cancer and those who take drugs that suppress the immune system because of autoimmune disease or organ transplant are most likely to develop recurrent shingles. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more