What is herpes zoster?

Also known as: shingles.

Herpes zoster is the virus that causes both chickenpox and shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash that occurs due to the herpes zoster virus remaining dormant in the body for many years and then causing an outbreak later in life.

Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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