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Can I get the shingles more than one time?
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
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In brief: Shingles usually 1 X
Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time.
Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin.

In brief: Shingles usually 1 X
Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time.
Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
It is not uncommon to have shingles (herpes zoster) more than once.
Depending on your health and medications, you could be predisposed to recurrence (on prednisone, immunosuppresants or transplant drugs) or if you have cancer of various tyypes. Even without those things, you can get shingles again. Talk with pcp about a vaccination. It is available to those in need and at risk. Zostavax!

In brief: Yes
It is not uncommon to have shingles (herpes zoster) more than once.
Depending on your health and medications, you could be predisposed to recurrence (on prednisone, immunosuppresants or transplant drugs) or if you have cancer of various tyypes. Even without those things, you can get shingles again. Talk with pcp about a vaccination. It is available to those in need and at risk. Zostavax!
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