If chicken pox rash gets all over the body, are shingles rashes equally likely to occur in every part of the body?

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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How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son?

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What would cause this shingles rash if you are obviously immune to chicken pox because you babysat kids with it last month?

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Does this look like chicken pox as I have shingles I can't attach pic it's like a red rash?

Try Prime. You can attach photos in a Prime visit. This may help us get a look and learn more about the history of your illness. More questions needed to determine. Read more...

I don't know if this rash developed over a 3 day period is an allergic reaction, or could be shingles, or even another type virus. I have never had chicken pox as a child, I confirmed this with my mom?

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