12 Things to Know About Shingles

1. It's caused by the chickenpox bug

Those red, itchy bumps are practically a rite of passage in childhood. But even when they fade, the body's battle with the varicella-zoster virus may not be over. The bug lies dormant in many grown-ups' bodies, eventually causing a painful neurological condition called shingles.

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