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Why do some people call shingles "zoster"?
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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Herpes zoster
Answer: shingles is caused by herpes zoster.

In brief: Herpes zoster
Answer: shingles is caused by herpes zoster.
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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In brief: See below
It can be a bit confusing.
The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3. Doctors like fancy names.

In brief: See below
It can be a bit confusing.
The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3. Doctors like fancy names.
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dr. Christopher Crosby
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