Some people call Shingles adult chickenpox. Shingles (Varicella Zoster) is caused by a latent chickenpox virus that has lain dormant for years in the nerve root and rears it's ugly head later. The cause of the reactivation of the virus is usually never found and it occurs most commonly in people over age 60. Shingles does not spread over the skin like chickenpox and stays in one discrete nerve dermatome area. It can be extremely painful, causing burning pain and skin sensitivity.
Shingles can be contagious to people who have never had chickenpox and exposure will cause a chickenpox (not a Shingles) outbreak.
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