Herpes zoster is an infectious viral infection that is believed to be caused by the re-activation of a previous chickenpox infection,
often from many years before.
Shingles: Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella-zoster virus. The disease generally affects the elderly, although it occasionally occurs in younger and/or immunodeficient individuals. 1
Researching symptoms of Shingles: Further information about the symptoms of Shingles is available including a list of symptoms of Shingles, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Shingles, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Statistics and Shingles:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Shingles,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Shingles,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS
Last revision: June 16, 2003
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