Does Shingles Reoccur in the Same Place As Previous Outbreaks?

According to WebMD, the rash from an outbreak of shingles typically does not occur in the same place as in subsequent outbreaks. While it is possible for another outbreak to appear in the same region as the previous one, this is an uncommon occurrence.

A second outbreak of shingles is more likely to occur on a different part of the body than a preceding outbreak, according to WebMD. Outbreaks may also occur on the opposite side of the previous episode of shingles. For example, someone who experienced an outbreak of shingles on the left side of her torso may experience a later outbreak on the right side.