-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster
virus, the same one that causes chickenpox.
After chickenpox subsides, the virus becomes inactive (dormant),
until an unknown factor triggers its reemergence as shingles-- a
painful, blistering rash.
The ADAM Encyclopedia says you're more likely to develop
shingles if you're 60 or older, had chickenpox before you were 1
year old, and have a condition that's caused a weakened immune
ADAM says these symptoms are typical of shingles:
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