Feb 22, 2009
Can one get shingles more than one time?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Shingles is reactivation of prior chicken pox infection. The virus, varicella zoste, becomes latent or "hidden" after the initial chicken pox infection...it is hidden within the nerve roots. Reactivation or a "waking up" of the varicella zoster virus leads to herpes zoster or shingles. This can occur more than once though recurrence is rare. Herpes zoster or shingles is much more common in people whose immune system is weakened or compromised.
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