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In theory, the varicella virus that causes chickenpox in kids can only get you once. But if you're exposed again (most of us know someone who contracted the itchy scourge twice), the virus can hide out in your body, with nary an itch, until it decides to re-emerge in a completely different form. In adults, this virus becomes herpes zoster, also known as shingles.
Shingles is a localized infection that, once activated, spreads in a path of pain along a specific peripheral nerve pathway. It affects only the area of the body served by the region of the spinal cord where the infection began. Shingles symptoms can be extremely painful and debilitating, and include: