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Risk Factors for Shingles

List of Risk Factors for Shingles

The list of risk factors mentioned for Shingles in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID (Excerpt)

Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for developing shingles. Shingles is also more common in people with weakened immune systems from HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, transplant operations and stress. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID)

Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI (Excerpt)

Although shingles can occur in anyone exposed to the varicella-zoster virus, research has established two general risk factors for the disease: (1) Advanced age; and (2) A weakened immune system. Studies show that people over age 80 have a five times greater chance of having shingles than adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Unlike herpes simplex I, the varicella-zoster virus does not usually flare up more than once in adults with normally functioning immune systems. (Source: excerpt from Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. It also is common in people with weakened immune systems due to HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, transplant operations, and stress. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Risks factors for Shingles: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Shingles:

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Shingles are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Shingles makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Shingles. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Shingles. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

 

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