Risk Factors for Shingles
A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.
A person can only get shingles if they had chickenpox. The virus becomes reactivated later on. One in three people who have had chickenpox get shingles. It is not known why some people get it and others do not.
Shingles is more common in people over 60 years old. It is also more common in females and White people. Other things that raise the risk are:
- About shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/index.html.
- Herpes zoster. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/herpes-zoster.
- Shingles information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Shingles-Information-Page.
- Shingles overview. The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/shingles-overview.
- James Cornell, MD
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