Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It results in a painful rash or blisters on one side of the face or body and is most commonly found in people over the age of 50.

After a person has had chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant in their nervous system and reactivate later in life, causing shingles. Symptoms of shingles can include pain, burning, or tingling in the affected area, followed by a rash or blisters. The rash or blisters usually heal within two to four weeks, but some people may experience long-term pain, known as postherpetic neuralgia, after the rash has cleared. Treatment for shingles typically includes antiviral medications and pain relievers. It is important to see a healthcare provider if you suspect that you have shingles, as prompt treatment can help reduce the risk of complications and improve outcomes.

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