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Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus stays inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. As you get older, common in people 45-70 years old, the virus may reactivate as shingles.


Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it appears mostly as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

Although it's not a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, and early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications with the infection. The most common treatments for shingles include antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir, to reduce the pain and the duration of shingles. As well as over-the-counter pain medicines, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, to help reduce pain during an attack of shingles.

By: Katelyn Butler and Amber Bauer

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