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Can you get shingles If you have not had the chickenpox?

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2010-12-24 19:06:11
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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 poor 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.

AnswerMost 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.
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