Can you get shingles if exposed to chicken pox if you already had chicken pox as a child?

Probably not. Shingles is a localized emergence of the varicella virus along a regional nerve tract from poorly understood events but likely a waning of individual immunity to the virus.Any significant varicella exposure is likely to boost immunity,rather than trigger a loss of immune protection. Anecdotal cases that suggest a link are not well documented.
Debatable. Some say no you cannot activate shingle by coming in contact with live chickenpox. Some however think you do. I don't.
That's one way. Shingles is a localized recurrence of the chickenpox you had as a child. There are probably several triggers capable of reactivating the virus and causing shingles, but one of them is reexposure to chickenpox as an adult, when your antibody level has dropped too low to fight off the new exposure. The shingles vaccine, zostavax, builds your antibody level back up to (hopefully) prevent that.

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Should I get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot I can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, I had chicken pox as a child; I've never

I . I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. Read more...
Get . Get the shot! i got shingles myself and even though i had a mild case i wish i had taken the shot to avoid the pain that i went through. Read more...
First, . First, it's nice to hear from someone that sexual activity doesn't have to end at any specific age. With that said, it's still important to protect oneself regardless by using barrier methods, typically condoms. Second, genital herpes are due to herpes simplex virus, while chickenpox & shingles are due to herpes zoster. Therefore, getting a vaccination against the latter will not protect you from the former. However, zostavax, the only shingles vaccine currently available, should decrease your risk for a shingles outbreak by at least 45%. And if you don't get shingles, then you're really unlikely to suffer its dreaded painful complication, post-herpetic neuralgia. Your quoted cost sounds pretty good to me (i don't have any (financial) relationship to any pharmaceutical or vaccine manufacturer) but you might also want to check in w/your local health department to see if they're running a special, so to speak. Bottom line, i recommend the shingles vaccine to all my patients 50 years and older. Good luck! Read more...

Can you get shingles from a child with chicken pox? A cousin is supposed to come to a family gathering tomorrow and he has chicken pox

No. . No. Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella virus which lives in your body forever after either having chicken pox or after vaccination for chicken pox. People develop shingles when something weakens their immune system causing the virus to "reactivate". Known causes are: - age (over 50) - surgery - medications (such as chemotherapy or transplant medications) - radiation therapy - aids - stress - injury - chronic diseases someone who has never had chicken pox can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles, but not the other way around. Read more...

I've got shingles, but I never had chicken pox as a child. This sounds weird... Am I a unique case?

No, but rare. Probably you had sub-clinical ailment, your body amounted a good response to control disease, but the virus was dormant in your nerves. Read more...
Not particularly. Research has shown that an excess of 90% of those adults with no memory of chickenpox had blood evidence of prior disease. This often reflects a mild case or one mislabeled one of many other viruses like hand foot mouth syndrome. I encourage adults to find out their varicella status because it can be deadly in adults. Shingles just proved you had it at some point. Read more...

Please educate ppl on the fact that everyone who've had chicken pox as a child already have the shingles virus. They can't catch shingles! Thank you?

Can't catch Shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. If you have never ever had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination you can catch chicken pox by direct contact of a shingles lesion. You can not catch shingles. Read more...
Shingles supression. That most have had chickenpox & by default the shingles virus is widely known. However, some don't understand that the hibernating virus is kept in hibernation by circulating antibodies & over time these can decline in number. The zoster vaccine is recommended for the older set to rebuild these antibodies & contains a much greater concentration of the weakened chickenpox antigen than the kid shot. Read more...

I did not have chicken pox as a child but have had shingles as an adult. I am on enbrel (etanercept). Should I avoid contact with people with shingles?

Not necessary. Although you do not remember having had symptomatic chickenpox as a child you must have gotten it since shingles (herpes zoster) is a recurrence of the varicella zoster virus infection. Once you have this you have it for life. Am surprised that you have not been advised to have the vaccine. In any event you don't have to avoid individuals with shingles. Read more...

Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Age 60. CDC recommends Shingles vaccine at 60. The effectiveness of all immunizations wanes with time and if you take the vaccine too early, the protection may wane by the time you need it more. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html. Read more...

I don't know if this rash developed over a 3 day period is an allergic reaction, or could be shingles, or even another type virus. I have never had chicken pox as a child, I confirmed this with my mom?

Need some info. Many people may have chicken pox exposure and not know; shingles is painful. It spreads in a distict dermatome, or nerve distribution of the skin. Is it all over the body? Any recent new soap or products? Were you ill? There are many types of rashes. Some are a reflection of a systemic ilnesss, some are viral, some bacterial, some are allergy. Hydrocortisone cream with fungal cream may b gd strt. Read more...
Get it checked. Trying to diagnose a rash by phone or email is the most frustrating thing in the world. It could be all those things you mentioned, a post viral rash, a contact irritation, or even a topical staph infection. A doc can give you an immediate and accurate answer as to what it is, and what to do for it. Read more...