Ailments & Conditions

What Triggers a Shingles Outbreak?

What Is Shingles?

Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Once you have recovered from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body and reactivate later to cause shingles. It may lead to painful rashes anywhere on the body. However, the symptoms tend to show up as a single strip of blisters covering either part of the torso. In most cases, shingles is not dangerous, but it would be very painful. You can get vaccinated to lower the risk of getting the virus. [1]