Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain.
Chickenpox and shingles - including symptoms, treatment and prevention
Can You Get Shingles if You Haven’t Had Chickenpox? – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic
Health and Wellness. Usually, it starts as a painful, tingly, or itchy sensation. Next comes the rash. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection that causes a burning rash. The rash can also have a tingling, throbbing, or stabbing sensation. Your first question might be: How on Earth did I get this? Shingles and chickenpox come from the same virus — varicella zoster.