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Anybody who has had Chickenpox can get Shingles.

The virus that causes Chickenpox and Shingles is called Varicella-Zoster.

After contracting chickenpox as a child, the body learns how to keep the virus suppressed while it lays dormant in the human nervous system.

But as people age, immune systems can weaken, and the Varicella-Zoster can manifest as Shingles.



Shingles typically comes in the form of localized rashes, forming into painful blisters. Accompanied by deep nerve pain, these symptoms can occur anywhere from a week to up to a month.

The complications that can result from shingles can range from permanently scarred skin to stroke, heart issues and other life threatening conditions.  

Learn more about those complications here.

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