Medical conditions associated with an increased risk for herpes zoster include inflammatory bowel disease. In a recent meta-analysis of six eligible cohort studies with 216,552 participants with inflammatory bowel disease, the pooled incidence rate of developing herpes zoster was 10.41 per 1000 person-years in the inflammatory bowel disease group and 6.10 per 1000 person-years in the non–inflammatory bowel disease group.
Individuals with chronic inflammatory skin diseases have several potential risk factors for herpes zoster, including long-term use of systemic immunosuppressants and immune dysregulation in the skin and periphery. A recent study identified that there were increased hospitalizations for herpes zoster among patients with lichen planus, Sézary syndrome, morphea, and pyoderma gangrenosum.
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Cite this: Ranjani Somayaji. Fast Five Quiz: Herpes Zoster Risk Factors and Prevention - Medscape - Feb 04, 2022.