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Can shingles recur?

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Answered 2007-02-15 14:38:53
Yes, it can. The shingles is caused by the same virus -- herpes zoster -- that causes the chicken pox. As human beings' life expectancy increases, we are discovering that some diseases caused by viruses and once believed to be one-time events are recurring. Some people who have had mild cases of chicken pox as children are getting a second outbreak of them as older adults. Others get the shingles. The severity and the duration of the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and from episode to episode. Recently, an article appearing in the NY Times reported that a vaccine has been created to prevent the shingles. It is specifically indicated for middle-aged and older adults. There is some controversy over whether people who have already had an outbreak of shingles would benefit from the vaccine. The data seem to indicate that for people who have already had the disease, the vaccine will not reduce the chances of recurrence but will reduce the severity of the symptoms should the disease recur. Stress is a factor for another outbreak of the shingles. People with Allergies are also at higher risk.
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Can chickenpox cause shingles to recur?

Shingles are not triggered by subsequent exposure to chickenpox.

Should you get shingles vaccine if you had shingles?

If the outbreaks recur, it may be worth trying the vaccine to help with recurrences.

Can shingles recur in children?

Yes, nut no Shingles is the form of chickenpox that adults get. they are the same thing called differently

Can you get the shingles vaccine after having shingles?

You could get the vaccine if you already had shingles; but it may not help you from recurrence of zoster, which by the way is less than 5%. If it does recur, the vaccine may help you.

Can a person who had shingles in the past get shingles from another person?

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Will shingles recur if you are exposed to chickenpox?

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What do you do if shingles reoccur a week after treatment?

If you have shingles that recur only a week after treatment, you should seek further treatment. This very painful condition will eventually go away on its own, but treatment can help to shorten the length of time you must put up with the pain.

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What is a viral disease that can occur in childhood and then reappear in adulthood in a more serious form?

Chicken pox is usually suffered during childhood. In later years, it can recur as shingles. There are vaccines available for both.

What is a sentence using the word recur?

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Can you get internal shingles from the shingles shot?

You can't get internal shingles from the shingles vaccine.

Can you get shingles after getting the shingles vaccine?

You probably won't get shingles after getting the shingles vaccine.

Can you get shingles after having the vaccine?

You can get shingles even if vaccinated for shingles. It is rare, but it will lessen the effects of shingles if you do get it.

How do you use the word recur in a sentence?

He took steps to insure that the dog attacks would not recur. Symptoms that recur every few days, or become more severe, should be reported to your doctor.

Can you get shingles from shingles if you have had shingles before?

No. Shingles is not contagious, but someone with shingles can give chicken pox or varicella to someone who has not had chicken pox before.

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When can you get shingles vaccine after having shingles?

You probably do not need to take shingles shot after shingles. But then it is not contraindicated and you can take the same, any time after the attack of shingles.

Can you get chickenpox or shingles from someone with shingles?

You can get chickenpox, but not shingles, from someone with shingles. You can only get chickenpox from someone with shingles if you haven't had chickenpox or the vaccine before, and if you have direct contact with wet shingles blisters or sores.

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How can a baby get shingles from a person who has shingles?

A baby would get chickenpox and not shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox.

Will the shingles vaccine protect you from ever getting shingles?

Shingles vaccine protects you from the shingles for few years only.

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Can shingles be passed phisically?

You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles.

How can you tell the difference between genital shingles and shingles?

Genital shingles is on your genitals.

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