What virus causes chickenpox&shingles?

Answer 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 »

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Is there a pros and cons to installing new shingles over the old layer of shingles?

The biggest drawback to installing new shingles over old ones is that it will most likely void your warranty. That not withstanding, the old shingles will eventually show through the new ones (espe... Read More »

Are there any negative effects from getting the shingles vaccination after having a bout of shingles?

Shingles, a painful rash caused by the same agent that causes chicken pox, varicella zoster virus (VZV), commonly occurs in people over 50 who have not previously had chicken pox.If you had a vacci... Read More »

What causes a tickle in your throat that then causes you to cough?

Tight neck muscles will press into your throat to cause the tickle to happen. If the pressure was greater it would result in a sore throat for it traps your tongue muscle there to make it hard and... Read More »

What actually is shingles?

"What actually is shingles?" -- "Shingles" has a medical name -- herpes zoster. "Shingles" is name that many laypeople use to refer to herpes zoster. It all starts with chicken pox. What cau... Read More »