Chances Of Being Infected With Shingles If You Haven’t Had Smallpox Before?

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I want to ask can we get shingles if we haven’t had chickenpox since we were young? Thank you

1 Answer:

Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Chicken pox or what in medical language is also called varicella, is a disease that can affect all age ranges although it is most common in children under 10 years of age.

The disease, which is characterized by the appearance of red spots all over the body, is caused by a virus called varicella zoster, the same virus that causes shingles. Herpes zoster is the result of reactivation or reactivation of a virus that was dormant / inactive in a person's body.

So it is true, people who have had chickenpox, may get shingles at some point in their life because chickenpox is a risk factor for the occurrence of shingles. But apart from that, people who have had the varicella vaccination may also get shingles even though they never actually had chickenpox. Or in other words, chances are that if you've never had chickenpox, you could get shingles if you've been vaccinated against varicella.

If shingles is suspected, a dermatologist usually only needs to do a physical examination by examining the location and shape of the rash, and using symptom compatibility to be able to diagnose shingles. If necessary, the doctor may take a skin rash sample for examination in the laboratory. Handling itself does not require special steps other than dealing with the symptoms. In some cases, drugs belonging to the antiviral class may be needed to speed healing.

So if you have never had chickenpox, among the things you can do is avoid using the personal items of someone with shingles such as towels and clothes, and receive the shingles vaccine to reduce the severity of symptoms if you have it. Besides that, what is no less important is maintaining your body's resistance from all diseases, namely by avoiding stress, cigarette smoke, fast food, and increasing exercise, adequate rest, consumption of water, as well as nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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