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Shingles Part 1 (Teacher: Michael)

Medically, shingles is called herpes zoster, comprising circumscribed set of inflamed blisters caused by varicella zoster virus, which also gives you chickenpox.

In Greek language, word for girdle is zoster and shingles is half girdle of small red spots, which turn into tiny balloons or vesicles.

The virus attacks one nerve supplying skin, so rash can occur anywhere on body supplied by that particular nerve.

Unfortunately, when child gets chickenpox some of viruses causing condition may escape destruction by immune system of body and lie dormant for years in nerve ganglions of peripheral nervous system - parts of nerves near spinal column.

As people get older, dormant virus can 'wake up' and becomes activated, causing 'localised' chickenpox. trigger for this is unknown, except that it must be failure, of the
body's defence mechanism.

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