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What are shingles?

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If you had chickenpox as a child, you might recall the itchy, spotted rash that popped up on your face and body. The varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox stays inside your body for many years.

Once you're older, that same virus can wake up and cause shingles It gives you a rash, too, but it's often more painful than itchy.

A blistering rash on one side of your body can be a sign you have it. See your doctor to find out for sure. Once you've been diagnosed, you can get treated to help relieve your rash and other symptoms.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Shingles? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2018

SOURCES:

AACC: "Chickenpox and Shingles Tests."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Overview."

CDC: "Shingles Diagnosis & Testing," "Shingles Signs & Symptoms."

Daniels, R. , July 2009. Delmar's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Chickenpox and Shingles for Adults." University of Maryland Medical Center, “Varicella-zoster virus.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

AACC: "Chickenpox and Shingles Tests."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Overview."

CDC: "Shingles Diagnosis & Testing," "Shingles Signs & Symptoms."

Daniels, R. , July 2009. Delmar's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Chickenpox and Shingles for Adults." University of Maryland Medical Center, “Varicella-zoster virus.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

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