Viral Skin Diseases

Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection Close-Up

Picture of Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection: Close-Up

The varicella-zoster virus is responsible for both chicken pox and shingles. It creates rash of blisters with a red base that can be painful and itchy. It's also very contagious. Once the virus is in your body, it never goes away and it can appear later as shingles.

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Text Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention