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Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?
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Dr. Ray Holt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Interesting
Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles.
This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress.

In brief: Interesting
Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles.
This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology
In brief: Immunity
As the immunity declines the virus can re-activate.

In brief: Immunity
As the immunity declines the virus can re-activate.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dr. Michael Tomeo
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