Shingles: Symptoms And Treatments

From chickenpox to shingles

Shingles or herpes zoster develops from the reactivation of a virus called varicella zoster.

Let’s first clear up that chickenpox is the original infection, and the reactivation of its virus, varicella-zoster, can trigger shingles, even after many years. There’s no clear cause of this reactivation; however, there seem to be some common risk factors, like a weakened immune system and stress. After chickenpox is gone, the virus remains in the body in a dormant state, since it spreads in the bloodstream infecting nerve cells. The painful sores that breakout as herpes zoster (the shingles virus) show on a strip of the skin over the infected nerve fibers; this strip of skin is called dermatome. If there are other dermatomes adjacent, they may also get infected, hence the similar look to a girdle, from where the name of the virus herpes zoster comes (from Greek ζωστήρ) and shingles (from Middle English schingles, from Latin cingulus).

Read More

Leave A Comment