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Chicken pox and shingles

Patient: Ive never had chicken pox and they said i have shingles could i have both

 

 

Doctor: Shingles is caused by a re activation of the chicken pox virus that was lying dormant in the nerve roots near the spinal cord and brain. You would necessary need to have the virus in order to develop shingles. Most adults don’t remember since chicken pox generally occurs at a very early age. I hope I cleared your doubt.

 


 

 
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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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