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Shingles Part 1 (Teacher: Michael)

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

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

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

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

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

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