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If chicken pox rash gets all over the body, are shingles rashes equally likely to occur in every part of the body?
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Shingles tends to affect a single dermatome (nerve distribution).

In brief: No
Shingles tends to affect a single dermatome (nerve distribution).
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Like a shingle
You never quite get over the chickenpox.
The virus, herpes zoster, hibernates in nerve cells in the spinal cord & cranial nerves. When immunity weakens - another viral infection, malnutrition, stress, aging - the virus awakens in a portion of the skin in the distribution of one spinal cord segment or one cranial nerve. So you get chickenpox along a strip of skin on one side of the body - a shingle.

In brief: Like a shingle
You never quite get over the chickenpox.
The virus, herpes zoster, hibernates in nerve cells in the spinal cord & cranial nerves. When immunity weakens - another viral infection, malnutrition, stress, aging - the virus awakens in a portion of the skin in the distribution of one spinal cord segment or one cranial nerve. So you get chickenpox along a strip of skin on one side of the body - a shingle.
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