How Did I Get Shingles If I Never Had Chickenpox?

Is shingles considered an STD?

Although shingles belongs to the herpes family it is a different virus to the one that causes genital herpes or cold sores.

This means that it’s not a sexually transmitted infection.

This post gives you an overview of shingles, how you get it, its symptoms and what can be done if you have an attack..

What are the stages of shingles?

The stages of shingles are tingling pain, followed by a burning feeling and a red rash, then blistering, and finally the blisters will crust over. You will typically develop a rash about 1-5 days after you feel numbness or tingling pain.

Do I need the shingles vaccine if I never had chickenpox?

Yes, you do. Shingrix recommended for everyone age 50 and older, whether or not you remember having had chickenpox, because most people have been exposed to the virus.

Who is prone to shingles?

Who is at risk for shingles? Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for getting shingles. But this risk goes up as you get older; shingles is most common in people over age 50. Your immune system may be weaker when you have an infection or are stressed.

Can stress bring on shingles?

Since stress affects the immune system, many researchers believe that stress could be a trigger for shingles. Researchers in multiple studies have linked chronic, daily stress, and highly stressful life events as risk factors for shingles.

How can you prevent getting shingles?

The only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles is to get vaccinated. A one-time shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) is recommended for people 60 or older, even if they have had shingles. Sometimes doctors recommend it for people age 50 to 59.

Can you get shingles if you’ve never had chickenpox?

Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus. If you’ve never had chickenpox, you won’t get shingles from someone who has it —, but you could get chickenpox.

What happens if you never had chickenpox?

That’s right, Brodhead said. Adults who never had chickenpox can easily catch it from an infected child’s sneezes or coughs. Airborne droplets can spread the chickenpox virus, known as a varicella-zoster virus (a member of the herpes family). The vaccine may help, though, Brodhead said.

How likely are you to get shingles if you’ve had chickenpox?

Anyone who’s had chickenpox may develop shingles. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus enters your nervous system and lies dormant for years. Eventually, it may reactivate and travel along nerve pathways to your skin — producing shingles. But, not everyone who’s had chickenpox will develop shingles.