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Shingles Causes & Risks

Causes

It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox . Shingles occurs in people who already had chickenpox. After causing the first chickenpox infection, the virus does not leave the body. It settles in nerve roots near the spinal cord. Once reactivated, the virus travels along nerve paths to the skin. There it causes pain and a rash.

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Risk Factors

These risk factors increase your chance of developing shingles. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

Shingles can occur in those with no known risk factor other than age.

Shingles cannot be transmitted from one person to another. But a person who has never had chickenpox and never received the varicella vaccine , could get chickenpox if he came in contact with a person who has shingles.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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