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The primary infection caused by varicella zoster virus is chickenpox. Chickenpox typically occurs during childhood and is accompanied by a generalized rash and blisters. On the other hand, shingles is a painful, blistering rash caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. They often break out in only one part of the body, and is often accompanied by severe pain.
The pain in the affected site may precede the appearance of the blisters and rash anywhere from 1 to 10 days. The blisters and rash then appear and linger for 10-15 days. Complete healing of the lesions may take a month. The complications due to shingles may last even longer, extending up to as long as 90 days.
If you have shingles, you can never transmit it to another person. However, you can infect someone who hasn’t had chicken pox.
There is still a possibility to get shingles more than once. Consult with your doctor about your risk of having shingles again.
To reduce your chances of acquiring shingles and its complications, consult your doctor today about your options.