Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Herpes Zoster Underlying Cause

Herpes zoster is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus. The initial infection causes chicken pox, but the virus becomes inactive and remains in the body after symptoms resolve. Later in life, the virus can become active again, causing the symptoms of Herpes zoster.

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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