What is characteristic of recurrent herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Recurrences of herpes zoster do occur rarely and are not limited to those who are immunocompromised. [65] The incidence rate of herpes zoster is 5.1 cases per 1000 person years; its recurrence rate was calculated at 12 cases per 1000 person years. Risk factors include old age (51-70 years) and zoster-related pain longer than 30 days. Many reputed cases of recurrent zoster involve other entities, usually herpes simplex in a linear distribution.


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