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Can Shingles reoccur?

Can A Healed Shingles Patient Be Infected Again?


Often patients may ask “Can I get shingles more than once”? The usual perception about Shingles is that it only develops once in a life time. According to previous studies, Shingles doesn’t appear more than once. The chances of any patient catching it twice were slim but latest research has shown that people who suffered it once are likely to get it again. Medical researchers have also found that people who bear pain for over sixty days have five percent higher chances of it reoccurring.

Shingles virus usually attacks elderly people of above fifty years of age. Younger people who’ve had chickenpox before are prone to catching Shingles in these cases

  • If their immune system has gone extremely weak due to a chronic disease then even young people can become its victim.
  • It is contagious so direct contact with a patient either through clothes, touching or even by an infected swimming pool.
  • Patients of HIV/Aids with a highly sensitive and deteriorating immunity might develop Shingles.

Researchers had an entirely different approach about Shingles until a new study conducted found astonishing facts that changed their minds completely. Medical records of 1700 patients revealed that

  • Shingles can re appear several times. The minimum time period of follow up is 8 years.
  • It can develop and recur in even younger people.
  • Women have higher chances of catching it more than one or two times as compared to men.
  • It was believed earlier that age can decrease chances of recurrences but recent statistics showed that mostly age doesn’t seem to lower the risk of reappearance.

The Shingles vaccination helps in avoiding the worst condition caused by it. People who received vaccine usually experience a controlled and minor case of the disease. However, no authenticity have been found about the fact that whether vaccination can help refrain reoccurrence or not. So far, the vaccine is said to be useful to pacify the intensity of disease.



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