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Is it possible to get shingles without having had chicken pox?
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bonnie Bock
Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
In brief: Yes
You may have had chickenpox or at least were exposed to it in order to get shingles.
The virus enters your body and causes a flu like syndrome and most of the time there is associated rash (viral exanthem) which is called chicken pox. In a few percentage the rash may not be present or may be faint and short lived. In this case the egg must come before the chicken!

In brief: Yes
You may have had chickenpox or at least were exposed to it in order to get shingles.
The virus enters your body and causes a flu like syndrome and most of the time there is associated rash (viral exanthem) which is called chicken pox. In a few percentage the rash may not be present or may be faint and short lived. In this case the egg must come before the chicken!
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Dr. Bahman Omrani
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