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Herpes Zoster

 

Herpes zoster or shingles is a viral disease causing skin rash and blisters.

Causes

  • Reactivation of varicella zoster virus acquired during chicken pox infection

Symptoms
Symptoms usually affect one side of the body and may include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Itching
  • Red rash followed by blisters in narrow bands especially around the waist
  • Sensitivity to touch

Treatment
Herpes zoster usually gets cured on its own. Treatment may include:

  • Antiviral medication to reduce pain and course of disease
  • Corticosteroids to reduce swelling and pain
  • Topical creams or lotions to sooth the skin

Prevention

VZV vaccine for teenagers and adults who have never had chicken pox