Were you looking for information about Shingles? Shigles is a common misspelling of shingles.
Shingles is a condition that is caused by a reinfection with the same virus that causes chickenpox
. The condition can be characterized by a number of symptoms, including a rash and pain, and is most common in people over the age of 50. People who have had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine
are also at risk for developing it.
While there is no cure, there are several antiviral drugs
than can help reduce the length and severity of the illness. In most healthy individuals, shingles runs its course without leading to any complications. Typically the lesions heal, the pain subsides within three to five weeks, and the blisters leave no scars. However, in some cases, serious complications may occur.
(Click Shingles to read more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this condition. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)