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How can you prevent a recurrence of shingles?

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The shingles vaccine can help to prevent a recurrence of shingles, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of 2015, the extent to which the vaccine helps prevent second or third cases of shingles is unclear, states WebMD.

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Those wishing to prevent a recurrence of shingles should first consult a health care professional and must wait until all signs of the rash have disappeared before receiving the shingles vaccine, states the CDC. People with allergic reactions to gelatin or the other components of the vaccine, those with HIV or AIDs, those undergoing cancer treatments such as radiation, and women who are or might become pregnant should not receive the vaccine.

The rash associated with recurrent shingles normally appears on a different place on the body than during its first appearance, notes WebMD. Other symptoms include headache, fever, chills, upset stomach, and pain or tingling. People who cannot receive the shingles vaccine should receive treatment as early as possible to combat the effects of a second or third occurrence of the condition. Early treatment of recurrent shingles may also help prevent other problems associated with the condition, such as loss of eyesight or hearing. Doctors typically treat recurrent cases of shingles with antiviral and pain medications.

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