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Is shingles going to lead into something worse, such as

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Is shingles going to lead into something worse, such as cancer, or some other disease?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Donna RN replied 10 years ago.

Hi!! Shingles is actually not a precursor, but a follow-up infection. The virus that causes Shingles is the same virus that causes chicken pox, Varicella. Once a person has had chicken pox, the virus remains in the body, living dormant near the nerve cells. During periods of stress, or for no apparent reason at all, the virus can flare up again. This results in an outbreak of shingles. Shingles will not lead to anything or something worse.....however, it IS contagious. If you have Shingles, you should avoid contact with anyone who has NOT had chicken pox and pregnant women (in case they have not had chicken pox before. The pain associated with Shingles can be quite severe, and may require prescription pain medication. Also, sometimes antibiotics are prescribed for superimposed skin infections. Here is a link for more information:

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