17 doctors weighed in:
Has anyone's child had the chicken pox twice?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Shouldn't
Once you have chickenpox you should have immunity for future illness however it is a virus that stays in our bodies on a nerve root.
So chickenpox recurs later as shingles. Two different presentations from the same virus, but you don;t get chickenpox twice.

In brief: Shouldn't
Once you have chickenpox you should have immunity for future illness however it is a virus that stays in our bodies on a nerve root.
So chickenpox recurs later as shingles. Two different presentations from the same virus, but you don;t get chickenpox twice.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Jennifer Gardner
Shingles is very painful, and is recognized by its dermotomal distribution. It most commonly occurs on the torso, but can occur anywhere on the body. Think of shingles if the lesion occurs on one side of the body only. Redness, blistering, scabbing, and crusting is common. It usually takes several weeks to resolve. I have most often seen it on the back and the abdominal area; the waist is common.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Chicken pox
People often wonder whether it is possible to get chickenpox twice.
The answer is yes, although this is rare. For most people, one infection is thought to develop lifelong immunity. Getting chickenpox twice is more common in people who are immunocompromised.

In brief: Chicken pox
People often wonder whether it is possible to get chickenpox twice.
The answer is yes, although this is rare. For most people, one infection is thought to develop lifelong immunity. Getting chickenpox twice is more common in people who are immunocompromised.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Most= misdiagnosis
There are instances where the kid likely had it in the womb or in the first months of life and failed to gain the permanent immunity it is known for.Many docs don't want you to bring this to the office because its sooo contagious.
Unfortunately, many then receive the chickenpox label from well meaning relatives and really had something else.

In brief: Most= misdiagnosis
There are instances where the kid likely had it in the womb or in the first months of life and failed to gain the permanent immunity it is known for.Many docs don't want you to bring this to the office because its sooo contagious.
Unfortunately, many then receive the chickenpox label from well meaning relatives and really had something else.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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