How does the incidence of herpes zoster (shingles) vary between males and females?

Updated: Feb 11, 2021
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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It generally has not been considered to have a sex predilection. However, one study reported a higher prevalence in women than in men. [49] Ertunc et al suggested both that zoster frequency is higher in right-handed patients and that the rash appears more frequently on the left side in females. [50] The pathophysiology for these differences is uncertain.

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