Many of us are familiar with chickenpox from our childhood, but what do you know about its sister virus, shingles? Herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles, is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) – the chickenpox inducing virus. VZV remains dormant in the body and can reactivate later in life to cause shingles.
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