Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. While it isn't a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications. Shingles is characterized by pain or a tingling sensation in a limited area on one side of the face or torso, followed by a red rash with small, fluid-filled blisters.
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1. Shingles Knows No Age.
Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past can develop shingles; even children can get shingles. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. The virus that causes shingles, varicella zoster virus VZV can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine. Most people who develop shingles have only one episode during their lifetime. However, you can get the disease more than once. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. You are not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash crusts, you are no longer infectious.
According to her co-host Whoopi Goldberg, Walters has never had chicken pox before. So here are some quick facts about the infections. If you never had chicken pox as a child, can you still get the infection as an adult? Although most cases of chicken pox occur before age 10, adults who have never contracted the infection are still at risk.
Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus. A: No, but you can get chickenpox. If someone has shingles, and they are at the blister stage where they are contagious, they could transmit the virus to you, and you would get chickenpox. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.