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Q. Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?

Answered by
Dr. Vivek Chail
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 16, 2015 and last reviewed on: May 22, 2019

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Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?

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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.


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