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Although we sometimes like to think that non-fatal illnesses can be so thoroughly cured that they never recur, that's simply not true in the case of shingles.
The unpleasant, uncomfortable rash, which affects about one million people per year, is actually a reactivation of the virus that causes the common childhood disease chickenpox. The virus is called a "varicella zoster" virus, which remains dormant within our nerve tissue until it's activated. Although the virus is part of the herpes family, it has nothing to do with the herpes simplex virus that causes sexually transmitted diseases.
Shingles can appear on any area of the body, although they are common around the buttocks and trunk. The rash will appear on only one side of the body. If it appears in the eye, there's a risk of blindness and you need to talk immediately to an ophthalmologist, in addition to your primary care physician. (By the way, in case you're wondering why the condition has such an odd name, Read More »from How to Deal with Shingles