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What is the main cause of shingles?

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Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that also causes chickenpox. In a person who has been exposed to chickenpox -- or its vaccine -- the virus never really goes away. It can lie dormant in the body's nerves.

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News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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