Shingles (Herpes Zoster)


What Are Shingles?

Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. The symptoms may include burning, itching, or extreme sensitivity for one to three days prior to the outbreak of a red rash and eventually blisters. After the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus reactivates (wakes up), the result is shingles — a painful, blistering rash. Shingles is most common in older adults. A vaccine, which can prevent shingles, is available to people ages 60 and older. Dermatologists recommend this vaccine for everyone ages 60 and older. Dermatologists strongly recommend treatment for herpes zoster (shingles). Without it, many people get pain, numbness, itching, and tingling that can last for months. It is best to get treatment immediately.

Shingles Treatment Options (not limited to):

+Antiviral Medicine
+Corticosteroids
+Pain Relievers
+Nerve Blocks

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