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Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?

Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?

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Dr. Vivek Chail

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Published At May 16, 2015
Reviewed AtFebruary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Chickenpox and shingles are caused due to the same virus. Chickenpox occurs first and the virus stays dormant in the dorsal ganglia of the spinal nerves. After years or when immunity decreases, the person gets an attack of shingles. Most people get shingles only once, but few can get 2 to 3 times. After shingles no one gets chickenpox.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vivek Chail
Dr. Vivek Chail

General Practitioner

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