Is shingles a virus or a bacteria?

Answer Shingles is a virus. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. After you get chickenpox, often as a child, the virus stays in your body and can resurface as an adult... Read More »

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What is the name of the virus for shingles?

Shingles is a painful rash-inducing disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox in childhood. After a case of chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in the nerve... Read More »

What virus causes chickenpox&shingles?

Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella zoster virus, also known as the human herpesvirus 3. It is part of the same viral subfamily (alphaherpesvirinae) as the herpes simplex viruses, ... Read More »

Is the shingles virus airborne?

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which also causes chicken pox. The virus remains in the body after a chicken pox infection and may reactivate later, causing shingles. VZV is... Read More »

How much damage can the shingles virus cause?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that triggers chickenpox but emerges later in life. One in five people who have had chickenpox will get shingles, and half of Americans will get it by the age o... Read More »