Not everyone who has chickenpox as a kid ends up with this painful reactivation of the varicella zoster virus as an adult.
If you’ve seen lots of ads for Shingrix, a new shingles vaccine, that’s because shingles, caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (which also causes chickenpox), is preventable, provided you’re up to date on your vaccines.
While not everyone who has chickenpox as a kid will see it reappear as shingles as adults, one in three people will experience shingles over the course of a lifetime.
How do you know if have shingles? The symptoms begin as an itching, burning feeling that occurs either on the left or right side of your torso followed by a painful rash (which can sometimes be accompanied by a headache and a low fever). Then fluid-filled blisters appear, saysEric Grahling, MD, a pain management expert in Plainville, Connecticut.