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Why is it called shingles?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 15, 2010
Heart5 asked...
Why is it called shingles?

Melisa_N answered...

Shingles is a virus, also known as herpes zoster, that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox--once a person has had chicken pox, the virus remains in the body, and may manifest as shingles when the person is older. The name "shingles" stems from the Latin word "cingulum," which means "girdle." Since herpes zoster causes a rash that often wraps around the trunk, like a girdle, it is a fitting name.


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