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Shingles (herpes zoster)

Also known as Zoster, Herpes Zoster, and Herpes Zona

Herpes zoster (or simply zoster), commonly known as shingles and also known as zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body (left or right), often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute, short-lived illness chickenpox which generally occurs in children and young adults. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles — an illness with very different symptoms — often many years after the initial infection. Herpes zoster is not the same disease as herpes simplex, despite the name similarity; both the varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex virus belong to the same viral subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with shingles (herpes zoster), 82% report having skin rash, 41% report having back pain, and 40% report having skin lesion. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of shingles (herpes zoster) are skin rash, although you may still have shingles (herpes zoster) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with shingles (herpes zoster) often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml) and other non-or or closed therapeutic nervous system procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with shingles (herpes zoster) include acyclovir, valacyclovir (valtrex), gabapentin, famciclovir, pregabalin (lyrica), capsaicin topical, calamine topical, homatropine ophthalmic, colloidal oatmeal topical, zoster vaccine live, loteprednol ophthalmic, dextromethorphan / promethazine and adapalene topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for shingles (herpes zoster) include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

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60-74 years
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75+ years
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Female
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Hispanic
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