Causes of shingles

Tips for ParentBy Onlymyhealth Editorial Team / Oct 04, 2016

Shingles is a viral infection that leads to a painful rash. The condition can affect any part of the body and it mostly appears in a form a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of the torso.  But do you it is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox? Yes, that’s true it is caused by the zoster virus known as varicella. If you ever had chickenpox, the virus is present in inactive mode in your nerve tissue near the spinal cord and brain and it may reactivate itself as shingles in the later years. The reason for the encore is not clear but it may be occur due to weak immunity to infections. It commonly affects people who have weak immunity systems. Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Because of this, shingles is also known as herpes zoster. But the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles is not the same virus responsible for cold sores or genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection. Although the condition if not considered a life threatening one but it is certainly very painful. Vaccines are available that can help reduce the risk of shingles. To learn more about the causes watch this video.


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