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Shingles

What is shingles?

Shingles (herpes zoster) is an infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. But as you get older, the virus may become active again and cause shingles.

Is shingles contagious?

Shingles is not contagious. You cannot get shingles from someone else. But you can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you have direct contact with fluid from their shingles rash.

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  1. Shingles (National Library of Medicine)  
    What is shingles? Shingles (herpes zoster) is an infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This is the ... the virus may become active again and cause shingles. Is shingles contagious? Shingles is not contagious. You ...
  2. Chickenpox and Shingles Tests What are chickenpox and shingles tests? Chickenpox and shingles tests check to see if you are or ... steroids Why do I need a chickenpox or shingles test? You may need a chickenpox or shingles ...
  3. Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) results from infection by the varicella zoster virus. This common virus causes chickenpox (also known as varicella), which ...
  4. Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member ... becomes dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in ...
  5. Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is also called herpes zoster.
  6. ... longer than a month after a bout of shingles . This pain may last from months to years. Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that is ...
  7. This is a picture of herpes zoster (shingles) on the chest. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Outbreaks of shingles often follow the distribution ...
  8. This is a picture of herpes zoster (shingles) on the hand and fingers. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Outbreaks of shingles often follow ...
  9. This is a picture of herpes zoster (shingles) on the neck and cheek. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Outbreaks of shingles often follow ...
  10. This is a picture of herpes zoster (shingles) on the arm. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Outbreaks of shingles follow the distribution of ...
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