Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Also known as: shingles.
What is herpes zoster?
Herpes zoster is the virus that causes both chickenpox and shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash that occurs due to the herpes zoster virus remaining dormant in the body for many years and then causing an outbreak later in life.
What causes herpes zoster?
Shingles typically only occurs in people who have had chickenpox earlier in the life, or the chickenpox vaccine. People over age 60 or those with weakened immune systems are more likely to get shingles.
What are the symptoms of herpes zoster?
The telltale sign of shingles is a rash that appears on only one side of the body. It’s typically painful and burning, with blisters that break open and form sores after a time.
What are herpes zoster care options?
Oral or topical antiviral medications can help lessen the symptoms of shingles. Pain medications can also be helpful.
Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares
This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 11:21:19 AM
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