Shingles : Causes, symptoms and treatments

Shingles is caused due to the same virus that causes chicken pox. The virus is known as varicella – zoster virus and it belongs to the group of herpes viruses which is why shingles is also known as herpes zoster. After the recovery from chicken pox, these viruses can remain in the central nervous system in a dormant condition of an indefinite amount of time. These viruses can, however, reactivate any time and upon reactivation, they travel down the nerve fibers thereby causing new infections.

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