A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop shingles with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing shingles. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
You can only get shingles if you already had chickenpox, and the dormant virus from your old chickenpox infection becomes reactivated. Since only 20% of people who have had chickenpox eventually develop shingles, researchers are still trying to determine what makes some people more likely to develop shingles than others.
Some of the factors that make people more likely to develop shingles include:
Stress and Fatigue
Excessive emotional and/or physical stress and extreme fatigue may increase your risk of developing shingles.
If you have a weakened immune system, you are much more likely to develop shingles. Conditions that increase your risk include:
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