Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash condition caused by varicella zoster (the virus that causes Chickenpox) involving a band or strip of skin.
Shingles occurs most frequently in seniors or those with compromised immune systems. The virus from Chickenpox, which has lain dormant (sleeping) along the nerve roots, gets activated and causes an individual to become symptomatic. Read more in this shingles patient education guide:
Symptoms occur gradually in stages and includes:
Risk Factors include:
Serious, long term effects of shingles can remain after the condition has resolved and involves:
Written by Barbara Hales, M.D.Show All
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