is a viral disease produced by the chicken pox virus. It is characterised by pain and a blistering rash that occurs along the nerves that have housed the dormant chicken pox virus since its last affects on an individual. When an individuals immune system can no longer fight the chicken pox virus, they develop shingles. You can not catch Shingles, however, you can catch chicken pox through direct contact with someone who has shingles. Most people who get shingles are old. It sometimes infects younger people, or people with a weak immune system. stress may lead to shingles. The disease starts with tingling, itchiness, or pain on an infected person's skin. After a few days, the disease causes a blistering rash. This rash may be on the trunk or face. The rash grows into small blisters filled with fluid. These blisters dry out and crust over for several days. The worst time of the rash causes anything from mild itching to extreme pain. The rash is confined to one region of the body. The shingles virus is contagious from person to person, though only by direct contact. If a person touches someone with shingles, they may get chickenpox, but not shingles. For this reason, persons with shingles are advised to limit contact with those who are not immune to chickenpox, those with increased susceptibility, young children and pregnant women. Contracting chickenpox when one is pregnant can be dangerous to the unborn child.