Major Causes of Shingles Virus!

After getting shingles several years ago I knew that I had to make significant changes in my life in order to not get it again.  Shingles is a painful blistery rash that usually pops up on one portion of the body. The typical symptoms of shingles are nerve pain and a rash.  Shingles can be a terrible experience so I’m here to share four major causes of shingles so you can be aware of the things that contribute to shingles.

causes of shingles

Read on for the Major causes of the Shingles virus

1.  Reactivation of chicken pox virus

Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Even years after getting chicken pox, the varicella-zoster virus can become reactivated!

2. Stress

Emotional stress seems to be a major trigger of shingles.  In my experience, I got shingles when I was highly stressed.  I had just purchased a new home and a few weeks later started a new job.  That coupled with a horrible cold was the trigger for a shingles outbreak! Since I had never gotten it before, I knew that this mixture of stress really put me in a high-risk category. 

3. Weakened immune system

Things like smoking, a common cold, or even medication can compromise your immune system.  It’s these triggers that can contribute to a shingles outbreak. Those with immunity-suppressing diseases like human immunodeficiency virus or HIV AIDS may also be at risk. 

4. Age

Studies have shown that shingles largely affect people 60 and over but here’s the thing.  I got Shingles in my 30s but again, I think the stress and a compromised immune system contributed to my bout of shingles.

Shingles cause a painful rash that may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. The pain can persist even after the rash is gone. Knowing the major causes of shingles is the key to avoiding it happening to you.


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  1. I suppose one of crucial cause of shingles is the way of eating.Frozen foods are needed to be cooked,heated,or warmed before eating.

  2. Seeds are another food I read have high arginine levels. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, for example.

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