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Information on Shingles

Shingles is a viral disease caused by reinfection with the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). It often causes pain and a characteristic rash. In typical cases, shingles is easy to diagnose. For example, your healthcare provider might suspect this disease if your rash:
 
  • Is on only one side of the body
  • Erupts along one of the many nerve paths, called dermatomes, that stem from the spine.
 
Your healthcare provider can often confirm the diagnosis if you also:
 
  • Experience a sharp, burning pain
  • Have had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine
  • Have blisters that look like chickenpox
  • Are elderly.
 
No cure exists for shingles. However, several antiviral drugs can help reduce the severity and length of the illness.
 
(Click Shingles for more in-depth information, including possible complications of this condition.)
 

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