Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief

Shingles is a painful condition, and a Shingles outbreak can occur to you at any time, if you've had chickenpox in the past. Learn more about this debilitating illness, what you can do to prevent a Shingles outbreak and treatments for easing the pain and discomfort of a Shingles outbreak.

How Do You Catch Shingles?

You can't "catch" Shingles just by coming in contact with someone who is having a Shingles outbreak. Shingles is caused by the VZV chickenpox virus, so if you've had chickenpox, you are at risk for coming down with a Shingles outbreak, regardless of where you go or who you come in contact with. However, be aware that if you have not had chickenpox and have not received a chickenpox vaccination, you can become infected with the chickenpox virus by coming in contact with someone who is having a chickenpox or Shingles outbreak (Shingles blisters contain the chickenpox virus). Approximately 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. will have a Shingles outbreak.

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