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Causes of Shingles

List of causes of Shingles

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Shingles) that could possibly cause Shingles includes:

Primary Cause of Shingles

The primary cause of Shingles is the result:

  • of transmission from another person under rare circumstances, such as immunocompromised people or during surgery with contaminated surgical tools, or according to "rare circumstances" as noted from reputable sources.

Causes of Shingles (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Shingles that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Shingles Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Shingles:

Shingles: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Shingles, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Shingles:

Shingles: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Shingles: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Shingles:

Causes of Broader Categories of Shingles: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Shingles as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Shingles as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Shingles. Our database lists the following as having Shingles as a complication of that condition:

Shingles as a symptom:

Conditions listing Shingles as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Shingles. Our database lists the following as having Shingles as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Shingles:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Shingles as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

What causes Shingles?

Causes: Shingles: Reinfection with the varicella (chicken pox) virus, usually from many years or decades earlier.
Article excerpts about the causes of Shingles:

Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID (Excerpt)

Chickenpox is another example of a latent infection. Before the chickenpox vaccine became available in the 1990s, most children in the United States got chickenpox. After the first acute episode, usually when children are very young, the Varicella zoster virus goes into hiding in the body. In many people, it emerges many years later when they are older adults and causes a painful disease of the nerves called herpes zoster, or shingles. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies silent in the nerve tissue. Years later, the virus can reappear in the form of shingles. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Medical news summaries relating to Shingles:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Shingles:

Related information on causes of Shingles:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Shingles may be found in:


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