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If i had chickenpox five times as a child does that increase my chances of getting shingles?

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you are a medical mystery if you had it five times

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Can't you only get chicken pox once

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If you have ever had chicken pox, you are a carrier of the shingles virus. As a result, you are at higher risk of getting shingles. Also. I think you can only get chicken pox once.

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It should reduce them. Shingles are an adult form of the chickenpox so you should be well immured if you truly had them five times. But,.....bet the shot anyway. Better safe than sorry.

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its only possible to have chicken pox twice and you would have had to have been born at just the right time. it has to do with the virus mutating. in any case, chicken pox never leaves your body. it remains dormant and will become shingles when you get very old.

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5 times? Never heard of that. I suppose you could have it twice if the first time was an extremely mild case, but it's pretty much a one-time deal.
If you're worried about shingles, there is a vaccine you can get.

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If you were ever exposed to it yes so yes

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Five times is unheard of, it might have been something else the other times... Shingles is a mutated version of chicken pox, so your body doesn't recognize it. Go to the doctor. Five times? :/

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