2017-05-18 / Letters

More info about chickenpox

Caroline Aslanian ( May 11 letter) has it backwards. If someone is ill with chickenpox as a child, that person is much more likely to develop shingles late in life, not less likely.

Although a child will likely recover from chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in the body for the rest of the person’s life.

Later in life, the virus can become active again. And when the virus becomes active, the rash that is often mild in a child can be severely painful in an older adult.

David E. Ross
Oak Park

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