Can I get chickenpox more than once?

Yes, there is some evidence to suggest that it may be possible to catch chickenpox a second time although it has very rarely been proven.

How might someone get chickenpox again?

There are theories that could explain how someone might seem to get chickenpox more than once. For example:

  • many medical professionals believe that the person’s condition was misdiagnosed first time around, and that they had another condition with similar symptoms
  • there may be a genetic link but this is not well understood and subject to more research

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