Adults can get chickenpox (colloquially “chickenpox”) if the immune system is weakened. The disease can lead to shingles. This was told by the neurologist Ekaterina Demyanovskaya.
“After recovery, a person develops lifelong immunity to chickenpox, but the virus does not disappear without a trace: it “hides” in the nerve ganglions and remains in the body forever in a “sleeping” form. When the immune system is weakened, the virus can reactivate, travel along large nerves to the skin and lead to another serious disease – shingles, ” — said the expert in an interview with URA.RU.
According to him, such cases can be in people who are over 50 years old, as well as patients who take immunosuppressants. This also applies to those who have HIV or oncology.
The doctor noted that in adults, chickenpox is harder and longer. than in children. The specialist clarified that chickenpox meningoencephalitis with edema and inflammation of the meninges, chickenpox pneumonia and heart damage can develop.