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How are shingles related to chicken pox?

How are shingles related to chicken pox?

Varicella-Zoster: It is recognized that a virus caused both. After c-pox infection the virus is dormant in skin nerve cells commonly in the face or trunk. If the virus turns active, it causes shingles, and the virus is then referred to as herpes zoster. Virus is activated in people with weakened immune system, such as those with cancer or hiv, over age of 50, ill, injured, or under stress. ...Read more

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 chicken pox and shingles at the same time?

Different pattern: Although the germ is the same for both, the definition of the pattern defines them as 2 distinct issues. Chicken pox refers to the first body encounter with a varicella germ where it produces systemic fever and a well distributed rash. Often from 200-500 spots. Shingles refers to a return of the germ from hibernation in your nerve cells, in a localized area defined by the nerve where it was hiding. ...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 you get shingles without having chicken pox?

Can you get shingles without having chicken pox?

Zoster: No. Shingles is a reactivation of a previous infection with chicken pox. ...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: The chickenpox vaccine was given routinely in Japan in the late 70's, a full 16 years before it was licensed in the US. The combined experience in that country and the US has shown shingles does occur after the vaccine, but at a lower frequency than with wild chickenpox. Use of the newer zoster vaccines will likely continue to reduce the frequency in both, but it will take time to tell. ...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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Husband had shingles as child can he catch chicken pox?

No: Shingles is a return of the chickenpox virus to an active state after hibernation in a nerve root. I have seen it occur in toddlers. It is a sign he had chickenpox at some time before his shingles. He is immunne from catching wild chickenpox, as any weakness in his cpx immunity was repaired by the shingles eruption. ...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?

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

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Is it possible to still get chicken pox if I had shingles?

Is it possible to still get chicken pox if I had shingles?

Backwards issue: You don't get shingles unless you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past. Shingles is evidence that the immunity you developed to chickenpox was weakening & the germ came out of it's hiding place in your body in the form of a shingles eruption. That new infection will bolster your chickenpox immunity. ...Read more

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Can a child have shingles if they have not had chicken pox?

Shingles: Nope. It is impossible to get shingles if one is has not had chicken pox. Children in america are now vaccinated against chicken pox as part of their pediatric vaccines. ...Read more

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Could someone get shingles without ever having chicken pox?

Not really: Shingles is a pattern illness where the virus reactivates from its hibernation spot in the nerves. More than 90% of adults who think they never had Cpx show positive blood evidence. Some even get Cpx in the womb, and survive with no knowledge it ever happened. A blood test can show someone had it, if that is the question. ...Read more

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Could you catch chicken pox again after a bout of shingles?

Could you catch chicken pox again after a bout of shingles?

No: Chickenpox is the bodies response to the first infection by this virus. Shingles is s re-awakening of the same virus that was hibernating in the same body. Both events assure that you would never have primary CP again. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles without ever having chicken pox?

Not likely: I can think of only one sceinerio that could occur. If your mother had chickenpox during pregnancy, it could have passed to you and remained in hibernation many years and come out as shingles. Most (90%) of adults who think they never had cpx have blood evidence that they did. If you truly never did, you should get the vaccine, it is a nasty disease in adults with occasionally fatal outcome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get shingles without having had chicken pox?

Is it possible to get shingles without having had chicken pox?

Yes and no: Chickenpox usually precedes shingles by many years or decades. However, chicken pox can be very mild, and not diagnosed, or the illness may be forgotten. An infection with chicken pox virus, whether a classical illness with many lesions, or a few lesions, always precedes shingles. A shingles vaccine or adults over 50 or 60 years, reduces the severity and incidence of shingles. ...Read more

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Is it likely to catch chicken pox from some one with shingles?

Possbly: The shingles patient is not as contagious as regular chickenpox.Their sneezes, oral secretions, etc are not carrying the virus. However, the debris shed from the shingles blisters contain virus & any contact with that material could infect a non-immune person. Simple hygienic practices like hand washing, and covering the blisters reduces the chance of spread. ...Read more

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If I’ve had chicken pox as a kid am I likely to get shingles?

If I’ve had chicken pox as a kid am I likely to get shingles?

Possibly: Chicken pox is highly contagious and almost all get the illness, even if not obvious, in childhood. The virus takes up residence in the nerve root in some individuals and is undetectable. When some event later in life lowers the resistance, the virus travels down the nerve to erupt on the skin (shingles). You are no more likely to get this than anyone. Consider a booster shot. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass on chicken pox from someone with shingles?

Is it possible to pass on chicken pox from someone with shingles?

Fomite transfer: Shingles may be the same virus but the ability to transfer to others is a bit different. Kids with chickenpox have the virus in their oral secretions at least a day before they break out & their viral load is heavy & transmission easy. With shingles you do not have virus in your secretions, only from any weeping lesions on your skin. Covering the area & close attention to hygiene can reduce the cha. ...Read more

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Do people get get the shingles if they have had chicken pox twice?

Do people get get the shingles if they have had chicken pox twice?

Yes: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past. This virus hibernates, you are not rid of it when the chicken pox passes. ...Read more

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I have shingles, but never had chicken pox before. Is that possible?

No: Shingles is the emergence of the chickenpox virus from a long hibernation within nerve centers along the front of the spine. It goes there after the initial cpx infection, recognized or not. Blood studies before the vaccine confirmed past chickenpox in 90% of adults who thought they never had it. You don't get shingles without a prior cpx infection or the vaccine. ...Read more

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I have had chicken pox and was wondering what do shingles look like?

See the picture: Shingles often makes crops of fine vesicles (blisters) in lenear fashion which elicit pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to only catch shingles if you have not had chicken pox?

Opposite is true: You will only have shingles if you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past. You may not remember having chickenpox, or it may have been called something else when you had it, but you must have the germ hibernating in your body for it to come out later as the shingles. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get shingles if you haven't had chicken pox?

Is it possible for you to get shingles if you haven't 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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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below: Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you had the chicken pox shot recently the past year?

Can you get shingles if you had the chicken pox shot recently the past year?

Shingles: The shingles vaccine isn't fail-safe; some people develop shingles despite vaccination. Even when it fails to suppress the virus completely, however, the shingles vaccine may reduce the severity and duration of shingles. Although there's hope that the vaccine will reduce your risk of severe, lingering pain after shingles (postherpetic neuralgia). ...Read more

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Does getting chicken pox at 15 compared to 5 make me more susceptible to shingles?

No: The later in life that you experience chicken pox may actually be beneficial in protecting one from shingles later on. ...Read more

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