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What is the main cause of varicella zoster (shingles)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Only varicella virus

Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots.
It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often).

In brief: Only varicella virus

Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots.
It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often).
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