Shingles Risk Factors
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
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A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop shingles with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing shingles. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
You can only get shingles if you already had chickenpox, and the dormant virus from your old chickenpox infection becomes reactivated. Since only 20% of people who have had chickenpox eventually develop shingles, researchers are still trying to determine what makes some people more likely to develop shingles than others.
Some of the factors that make people more likely to develop shingles include:
Stress and Fatigue
Excessive emotional and/or physical stress and extreme fatigue may increase your risk of developing shingles.
If you have a weakened immune system, you are much more likely to develop shingles. Conditions that increase your risk include:
- History of childhood cancer
- Current cancer, especially Hodgkin's Lymphoma , lymphoma, and leukemia
- HIV infection or HIV and AIDS
Medications and Medical Treatments
Certain medical treatments can put you at risk for shingles:
- Radiation therapy
- Immunosuppressant drugs (for organ transplants, cancer, and autoimmune diseases) such as:
- Chemotherapy treatments for cancer
- Steroid medications
People over age 60 are about three times more likely to develop shingles than younger people.
Caucasian population are four times more likely than African Americans to develop shingles.
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Shingles? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Shingles? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Shingles symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Shingles.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Shingles? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Shingles treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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