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Is it possible for a 16 year old to get shingles?

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Old 09-29-2008, 07:02 AM   #1
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Question Is it possible for a 16 year old to get shingles?

My son, age 16, was sick last week with headache, body aches, stomach cramps and fever. He is very active, healthy, and 16 boys from his football team were out with flu symptoms. He still has stomach cramps, headache and the skin on his chest is extremely sensitive to the touch, his t shirt hurts to rub against his skin. I was thinking maybe shingles. My husband has had them, my sister, my father so I am slightly familiar with the symptoms although everyone tells me he is too young. I am taking him to the Dr. later today but in our small town, it is usually good to go in with a suspicion since the Doctors (they are very young PA's at my clinic) don't always know the answer.... This happened once when I brought my little one in, thought he has scabies so the doctor (Doogie Howser type!) had a starting point to research his condition and I was correct.

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Old 09-29-2008, 04:18 PM   #2
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Re: Is it possible for a 16 year old to get shingles?

Shingles can occur in anybody who's had the chicken pox.

It is rare in people under 20. The chances of getting shingles doubles in people 50-60 years, and then doubles again in people age 80-90 years.

Old 10-13-2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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Re: Is it possible for a 16 year old to get shingles?

Yep, anyone can get shingles; my son got it when he was 11 after playing with another kid who had chicken pox (my son had chicken pox when he was 14 months old). Fortunately, it didn't bother him much and went away in a fairly short time--no more than a couple of weeks, I think.

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