Can Stress Cause Shingles?

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Can stress trigger an outbreak of shingles?

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Shingles (also called herpes zoster) occurs as a result of a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that causes chickenpox. Since the virus never completely leaves the body, it can reactivate in the form of shingles, causing localized rash and nerve irritation. Shingles typically occurs in older people and in people whose immune systems are weakened.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/15/2017

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