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Shingles
Sep 17, 2005

Is it possible to get shingles even if you have never had chicken pox in your life?

Response from Dr. Conway

Absolutely. The shingles mean that you were exposed to the chicken pox virus in the past, you may not have had any symptoms of it. You can do a varicella zoster IgG test to establish that you were, in fact, exposed to the virus in the past.



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