Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster herpes virus, which also causes chickenpox. When you have chickenpox, the virus stays dormant – but it can become active again at any time. You’ll be especially vulnerable when your immunity is low – for example when you’re stressed, injured or have undergone medical treatment. It usually affects a specific area of the body, but doesn’t cross over the midline of the body. (more…)
How to treat shingles
Spotlight On… Shingles
Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster).
There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually appears: the sides along the waistline and along the facial region of the head. Shingles can affect anyone at any age.