Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. The older you are, the higher your risk of getting shingles. Although anyone can get shingles, your risk of getting it significantly increases after you turn 50.
A weakened immune system can also increase your risk of shingles. A weakened immune system may be caused by conditions such as cancer or HIV, or by certain medications.
Another risk factor is skin trauma. Individuals who recently experienced damage to the skin are more likely to experience an outbreak of shingles.1
Stress can also increase your risk of shingles. Finding ways to lower your stress levels can help to lower your risk. One way to reduce stress is exercise. What is great about exercise is it will not only help lower your risk of shingles but also improve your health.