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What isshingles?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

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After people have chickenpox – usually as a child – the virus travels up a nerve root and lies dormant (inactive) inside you, near the spine. Later in life the virus can reactivate and cause shingles. Why this happens is not completely clear, but the immune system weakens as we get older making it more likely for the virus to reactivate.

Shingles tends to occur more often in older people and is usually characterised by a painful rash on one side of the body, which develops into fluid-filled blisters that can be painful and itchy.

Example photo of shingles
Example photo of shingles
Example photo of shingles
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