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2nd bout with shingles within a yr. Feels like always just below surface. Is a series of b-12 shots a good option?

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child.
It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck.

In brief: See below

Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child.
It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Vitamin B-12 will do nothing to prevent recurrences.
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