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What are shingles?
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: WHAT IS SHINGLES
Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.
Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears.

In brief: WHAT IS SHINGLES
Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.
Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Stephen Lorino
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Virus
Shingles is a virus, also known as zoster. It can lay dormant in nerve roots and causes a characteristic painful rash with blisters on a red base.
Usually in a cluster on one side of the body. If you suspect this, see your doctor within 48 hrs of the rash as antiviral medication is more effective if begun early.

In brief: Virus
Shingles is a virus, also known as zoster. It can lay dormant in nerve roots and causes a characteristic painful rash with blisters on a red base.
Usually in a cluster on one side of the body. If you suspect this, see your doctor within 48 hrs of the rash as antiviral medication is more effective if begun early.
Dr. Stephen Lorino
Dr. Stephen Lorino
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Chickenpox-again
Shingle is a limited (area), reactivated form of chiken pox a person contracted years earlier, typically during childhood.
After resolution of the initial infection, the chicken pox virus resided in the nerve and remained dormant, for years, and now happens to come out following the specific nerve tract, hence limited area (dermatome). It is contagious. If u r concerned, consult your doc. Good luck.

In brief: Chickenpox-again
Shingle is a limited (area), reactivated form of chiken pox a person contracted years earlier, typically during childhood.
After resolution of the initial infection, the chicken pox virus resided in the nerve and remained dormant, for years, and now happens to come out following the specific nerve tract, hence limited area (dermatome). It is contagious. If u r concerned, consult your doc. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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