Symptoms Of Herpes Zoster Of The Scalp

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Shingles and chickenpox are both caused by a single virus of the herpes family, known as varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The word herpes is derived from the Greek word "herpein," which means "to creep," a reference to a characteristic pattern of skin eruptions. VZV causes two different clinical illnesses:

  • Varicella, or chickenpox, develops after an individual is exposed to VZV for the first time.
  • Herpes zoster, or shingles, develops from reactivation of the virus later in life, usually...
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