WHAT ARE THE SHINGLES?

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.