Am I at risk for shingles?
If you have ever had chickenpox, you are at risk of getting shingles. Most adults have had chickenpox in their childhood due to this being before the time of routine vaccinations for diseases like chickenpox. That being said, there are a number of risk factors associated with shingles, these include:
- Being older than the age of 60 increases your risk as you may have had chickenpox before and the virus may activate again.
- Having diseases that may weaken your immune system such as AIDS, HIV and cancer.
- Undergoing treatments for cancer such as radiation and chemotherapy can take a toll on your immune system.
- Taking certain medications that are designed to stop your body in rejecting a new organ, as well as long-term use of drugs such as steroids and prednisone.
- Experiencing high levels of stress which weakens the immune system.