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Where Do Shingles Appear on the Body?



Shingles can appear ANYWHERE on the body.

More Info: Shingles usually attacks one side of the body.  Though it can appear anywhere common sites for the shingles rash include a band at the waistline, a band from the spinal column around to the chest, the buttocks and genitalia, and the forehead and eye region.

How Many People Get Shingles?

The varicella-zoster virus initially causes the chickenpox.  Once it has run its course, it remains in the body in a dormant state in the nerve endings.  If the body’s resistance goes down, such as times of extreme stress or lower immunity, it will reactivate.  The virus then begins to move along the nerve fibers and ultimately appear on the skin.  An estimated 20% of those who have had chickenpox will get shingles sometime in their lives.  Though it is possible to get shingles more than once, it happens in fewer than 4% of cases. [“Herpes Zoster.” Merck]



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