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Will my shingles come back?

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If you've had shingles once, you probably won’t get it again.

That doesn’t mean it can’t happen; it’s just unlikely. Also called herpes zoster, shingles can come back a second or, rarely, a third time. However, you can take steps to help prevent it, or ease it the next time around.

From: Will My Shingles Come Back? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

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