Most individuals come in contact with the varicella-zoster virus in the form of chickenpox. For some adults, this virus remains dormant in the body for years, reemerging later in the as shingles.
In this video, a nurse practitioner describes the symptoms and causes of shingles. While the cause of the reactivation of the virus is unknown, factors such as aging, stress, or an impaired immune system can contribute to shingles. The virus appears as a painful and itchy rash that usually disappears in a matter of weeks. Shingles is not contagious for anyone who has had or been vaccinated against chicken pox.
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