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10 Causes of Shingles

Kimberly Love

Shingles is a viral infection that is characterized by a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, but unlike other viral infections, the shingles rash is not immediately contracted when you come into contact with it. Instead, the virus may take many decades before its effects may be felt. It is not a life-threatening disorder, but can be incredibly painful.

The first sign of the shingles virus is typically a burning, tingling, itching sensation in the area where the rash will form days later. This may be accompanied by a headache, fever, nausea, and a sensitivity to touch. The characteristic rash is a cluster of small red patches that will turn into fluid-filled blisters that will eventually scab over and heal like chickenpox. However, unlike chickenpox, the shingles rash typically appears in a straight line, circling only one side of the torso. Sometimes, it may also appear on the face. If the rash forms near the eye, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent damage to your eye.

Here area the 10 most common causes of the shingles virus.

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