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Although almost all cases of shingles occur in adults, shingles is actually caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox in children.  The virus that causes both chickenpox and shingles is the varicella-zoster virus.  In eighty percent of people, the varicella-zoster virus causes them to have a case of chickenpox as a child and then remains dormant for the rest of their lives.

For the remaining twenty percent, the varicella-zoster virus resurfaces at some point during the adulthood and causes chickenpox.  There is no concrete evidence as to why the varicella-zoster resurfaces in some people but not others, but stress, fatigue and a weak immune system are considered to be the three most common factors in cases of shingles.

Shingles is a condition that involves two main stages.  Shingles first appears as a painful sensation along one side of the body.  Within several days, a rash begins to accompany the painful sensation.  Most cases of shingles last anywhere from two to four weeks, but the precise duration depends on several different factors.  If you seek the help of a doctor during a case of shingles, they can provide you with information and possible medication to minimize the effects that shingles has on your body.

More information on shingles can be found at http://www.shingles.me.uk 

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