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My mother contracted MRSA for her third time, while still on antibiotic & not completely healed she contracted shingles for the first time. Related?

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Dr. Mark Cantieri
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Shingles is more common in elderly patients.
It tends to occur many times when the individual is under physical emotional stress. With her mother having recurrent MRSA episodes this may have been stressful enough to cause her immune system to be depressed and shingles to manifest.

In brief: Yes

Shingles is more common in elderly patients.
It tends to occur many times when the individual is under physical emotional stress. With her mother having recurrent MRSA episodes this may have been stressful enough to cause her immune system to be depressed and shingles to manifest.
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Dr. Cheryl Winchell
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, perhaps

Both MRSA and shingles are associated with suppressed immunity.
So yes, the occurrence of both in the same patient would suggest there may be an underlying immune deficiency.

In brief: Yes, perhaps

Both MRSA and shingles are associated with suppressed immunity.
So yes, the occurrence of both in the same patient would suggest there may be an underlying immune deficiency.
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Dr. David Dunn
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Her immune system is under strain from 2 bouts of MRSA which allows the herpes zoster shingles virus to become activated.
Everyone who has had chicken pox caries this virus for life. It lives in nerves and becomes shingles when the body cannot suppress it enough to keep it dormant. Your mom may want to get the shingles vaccine after she completely heals.

In brief: Yes

Her immune system is under strain from 2 bouts of MRSA which allows the herpes zoster shingles virus to become activated.
Everyone who has had chicken pox caries this virus for life. It lives in nerves and becomes shingles when the body cannot suppress it enough to keep it dormant. Your mom may want to get the shingles vaccine after she completely heals.
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