If you had chickenpox, the virus that caused it is still inside your body. When the chickenpox cleared, the virus moved from your skin to your nerves. Should this virus travel back to your skin, you will get shingles instead of chickenpox. If you have a blistering rash, you want to see a doctor as soon as possible. Should you have shingles, starting prescription medication within 2 to 3 days of developing the rash can dramatically: Reduce your symptoms, such as pain, Lessen the amount of time you have shingles, Lower your risk of developing other health problems, such as a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, which is pain that can linger for months or years after the rash clears.
What Causes Shingles?
Symptoms & Causes: Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Older adults and individuals with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles.
Symptoms of Shingles
Aside from the characteristic blistering rash many people experience, other symptoms of shingles can include:
- Upset stomach
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