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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Shingles Without Having Chicken Pox

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised immune system, stress, illness or re exposure to chickenpox. When reactivated, it presents as shingles. ...Read more

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Can i get shingles if IV never had chicken pox?

Shingles chickenpox: Some people get what is called subclinical chickenpox with very few or no blisters appearing on the skin, but they still had the infection. This infection can recur as shingles later on. ...Read more

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Can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?

Can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?

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. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Yes: Shingles is a re-activation of the pox virus although it tends to have a single dermatome distribution as opposed to an "all over the body" distribution as chicken pox does. If you think you are getting a shingles outbreak it is important to seek treatment within the first 72 hours. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you have not had chicken pox?

Yes & no: If you are one of the few people in the world that never had chicken pox (proven by blood test) and never got the vaccine, you will never get shingles. However, you may have had it & never knew it (positive blood test) or got the vaccine. In both situations you can get shingles. ...Read more

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If i didn't have chicken pox , can I still get shingles?

Worrisome issue: Most adults that think they didn't have chickenpox will have antibodies that show they had an unrecognized infection. Those that didn't are at risk of a severe case including a terrible & possibly fatal pneumonia, so vaccination is worthwhile. Vaccine recipients have a lower risk of shingles that those having the wild disease but shingles only occurs to those having chickenpox or the vaccine. ...Read more

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Do people get shingles if they've never had chicken pox?

Do people get shingles if they've never had chicken pox?

No: Shingles is a 'rebirth' of the chicken pox virus. Your may have had a mild case of chicken pox and did not know it. You can have a blood test to have your antibody levels checked. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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