Shingles: What is it? Who gets it?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster occurs in adults and individuals with a lower immune system when the dormant chickenpox virus becomes reactivated in one’s nerve tissues. Shingles is a painful skin rash that can last for months. The virus travels down nerve fibers to cause a painful skin rash. When the rash goes away, the pain usually goes with it. But for some, 12% to 15% the pain remains, a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia.