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AnswerActually shingles and chicken pox do have a lot to do with each other. Varicella-zoster is the virus. When you get chicken pox the virus stays in your body. Stress or po…or immune system are ways you can get shingles earlier than 50's or older. Maybe you had chicken pox and you or your parents didn't know. My friend only had one pox. I would talk to your doctor. There is a test you can take. If it is shingles the doctor can help with a treatment plan. Just wanted to add you can have had shingles without ever having chicken pox and although rare you can get them at any time (I had shingles at the age of 5 but never had chicken pox). Shingles and chicken pox are in the same family but are different and look different. I have not had another outbreak since the age of 5 although I have been exposed to chicken pox. Answer Most cases of shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus. A few are caused by herpes simplex. So, yes, it is possible to get shingles from a latent herpes simplex infection if you have never had chicken pox.
Once you get the chicken pox infection, the virus gets hidden in your posterior root ganglion. How does it evades the immune system is poorly understood. It comes out in the f…orm of herpes zoster or shingles, when your immunity lowers down. There is no mutation of the virus.
You can't get shingles from exposure to someone with chickenpox. However, you get shingles from reactivation of your own prior infection with chickenpox.
No, you can't get chickenpox if you had shingles. If you have shingles, you already had chickenpox and are immune. You can't get shingles unless you already had chickenpox. Ch…ickenpox is a one-time illness, usually in childhood. It does not matter how "mild" or "bad" the chickenpox is. The body's defenses are activated whether "mild" or "bad" and immunity results. No person acquires chicken pox twice. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus lays dormant in the cells and can be reactivated. Though the whole process is not entirely understood, the virus wakes up and shows up as a severe painful rash. A person who has shingles can infect others with chickenpox, but only if those persons (usually children) never had chickenpox before, and if they have direct contact with a wet shingles blister or sore. If a person with shingles is around a person who already had chickenpox, the other person won't get chickenpox or shingles.
Chickenpox vaccine does not cause shingles directly, but the virus, like naturally-caught virus, stays in the spinal cord and may be reactivated later to cause herpes. The cha…nces are lower with chickenpox vaccine than with chickenpox disease.
If you had shingles before, that means you had chicken pox already as a child, long before shingles developed. You cannot catch chicken pox from shingles if you already had ch…icken pox. Chicken pox is a one-time illness, usually in childhood. It does not matter how "mild" or "bad" the chicken pox is. The body's defenses are activated whether "mild" or "bad" and immunity results. No person acquires chicken pox twice. Shingles is caused by the same virus but with shingles, the virus is re-activated within the person's own body (not from catching the chicken pox virus from someone else). A person who never had chicken pox cannot get shingles; but that person who never had chicken pox can get chicken pox. A person who has shingles can infect others with chicken pox, but only if those persons (usually children) never had chicken pox before. If a person with shingles is around a person/child who already had chicken pox, the other people won't get chicken pox or shingles. The defining factors in shingles are: . The person already had chicken pox . The person is generally over 50 years old . The person may also have a compromised immune system
Chicken pox typically infects children during grade school. Once a child has had chicken pox, they grow up with immunity to the virus that causes chicken pox. In other words, …once a child has had it, that person does not get chicken pox again. However, the virus that causes chicken pox will be in the body for the rest of the person's life. It does not re-infect the person, though, with chicken pox. Also, just because all persons who had chicken pox have the virus in the body does not mean they can infect anyone with chicken pox--they can't. However, all persons who are over 50 years old (generally this age group or older) who had chicken pox when they were children have an increased risk of developing a condition called shingles. Doctors do not understand completely why the chicken pox virus re-activates in older years. They suspect stress or being immuno-compromised creates a chance for the shingles virus to activate and make the person ill. Shingles follows the pathway of a nerve. It often develops around the belly, under the waist band, but it can occur in other body areas, including in the eyes. Sores like in chicken pox develop, and will ooze then crust over. *If a person never had chicken pox before, they can be infected by someone with shingles. However, it is very unlikely for an otherwise healthy adult under 50 years old would develop shingles from a chicken with an active case of chicken pox. Age, history of chicken pox, immune status, and other factors seem to combine to trigger the virus in older adults who then develop shingles. If an adult never had chicken pox during their lifetimes, they can be at risk of acquiring chicken pox from an infected child if contact is made with the oozing liquid (before crusts form). Since most parents have had chicken pox when they were children, luckily parents typically do not get ill from taking care of a child with an active infection. But, all children within a family or school may become infected.
You are not likely to get chickenpox if you had them before, but the virus stays in your body for life, and may be reactivated in the future to cause shingles. Between 20 and …30% of patients who had chickenpox get shingles later in life.
After you have chicken pox, you can get shingles. The virus remain hidden, in the posterior root ganglion, for the rest of your lifetime. It comes out to invade the region sup…plied by the single nerve, when your immunity drops down. How this virus evades the immunity is not known. Shingles presents itself as tiny vesicles or blister-like raised red spots, on one side of the body following the body's dermatones. They will not cross over the center line of the body. You can even get shingles in your eyes. It is usually treated with pain meds and a steroid-type of drug, like prednisone and sometimes antiviral meds.
You are unlikely to get chickenpox if you had shingles in the past. Shingles is evidence of prior infection with chickenpox, and an episode of chickenpox typically provides li…felong immunity. If you had shingles, you have, by definition, already had chickenpox.
Not neccesarily, but you can get Shingles after you had chickenpox. This doesn't mean you will get it, but you can.
Yes. Once infected by the virus, you get chickenpox, and the virus is never cleared by the body. It goes and lives in the nervous system (brain and spine) from where it occasi…onally resurfaces in the form of shingles, especially when the person's immunity is low.
According to my grandfather, if you have chickenpox, or have had chickenpox as a child, then you are prone to having shingles. If you are above the ago of 40 or 50, you have a… good chance o getting it too. There are many other reasons to get shingles, I don't know them all. Submitted by: Rachel, age 11, Michigan
Shingles are not triggered by subsequent exposure to chickenpox.
You could get chicken pox if you have never had it before. However, while your chances of getting chicken pox from someone with shingles is in the realm of possibility, you wi…ll rarely come across someone with shingles, since they are mostly home with the illness.
Yes, chickenpox virus causes shingles. The virus remains in your body for life after having chickenpox. Later, it may be reactivated and cause shingles, or herpes zoster.