Most people remember getting chickenpox (also known as varicella) when they were kids. After you get over chickenpox though, the virus stays in your body in a dormant state. It can resurface years later as rash called shingles or herpes zoster. Shingles can be extremely painful. Its common name comes from the Latin cingulus, meaning “belt,” and one of its nicknames tells you a lot: “a belt of fire.”
Why is shingles so different from chickenpox? Is there a way to prevent shingles? What side effects and complications can occur with it? This guide is designed to answer those questions, because not only can you often prevent shingles, but being informed about the disease can make it easier to understand and live with.