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. 2015 Mar 1;60(5):781-5.
doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu889. Epub 2014 Nov 10.

Psychological Stress as a Trigger for Herpes Zoster: Might the Conventional Wisdom Be Wrong?

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Psychological Stress as a Trigger for Herpes Zoster: Might the Conventional Wisdom Be Wrong?

Rafael Harpaz et al. Clin Infect Dis. .

Abstract

The causes for zoster remain largely unknown. Psychological stress is one commonly considered risk factor. We used self-controlled case series methods to look for increases in zoster following death or catastrophic health event occurring in a previously healthy spouse. We found no increase, although this stressor led to increased mental health visits.

Keywords: healthcare seeking; self-controlled case series; shingles; stress; zoster.

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