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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

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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Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

Zoster n the Young: A healthy young person can get shingles. It is more commonly seen in the elderly or in individuals with immunocompromised patients. The notion that a young healthy person cannot get shingles is false. That ave being said, when shingles is seen in this population, the your doctor will ask you a few questions which will help him or her decide if blood tests are necessary. ...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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It could be possible that a person get shingles on an upper arm?

It could be possible that a person get shingles on an upper arm?

Yes : Shingles can be seen on practically any part of the body, including the arm, legs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, chest, back, face, nose, eyes. ...Read more

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Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

No: If you had chickenpox or varicella, you are immune. The chickenpox virus lives in the dorsal horn of our spinal columns and may present as shingles. These lesions carry the chicken pox virus and are contagious to those who have not had chickenpox. All the best. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Shingles: The virus that causes shingles is present in the shingles rash at the time when there is a blistering appearance. The virus is contained in the fluid within those blisters, thus if someone came into contact with the fluid then there would be a potential for transmission. ...Read more

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Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Possible: Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The lesion is very similar to herpes virus infections. See your dentist for further investigation. ...Read more

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How often should a healthy person get the shingles vaccine--every 5 years?

One dose after 60: The cdc at this time recommends one dose for people over the age of 60. Their investigations into the need for booster shots have not yet shown an advantage, but you might check at 5 year intervals with your doctor or in the literature as time goes by. It is really unpleasant from what i've heard. Best! ...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