Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is a complication of the nerves caused by infection with Chickenpox earlier in life. Shingles typically affects older adults and seniors. The virus has remained dormant in the body for years, and becomes activated again in a different form: it attacks the sensory nerves ...

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Introduction: Shingles

Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash. It is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Nearly 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop ...1

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Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles may cause skin sensitivity ranging from mild itching to severe pain along with burning, tingling, or numbness. A rash with fluid-filled blisters nearly always appears on just one side of the body or face. The rash usually lasts ...2

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Complications of Shingles

Shingles can lead to some serious problems. If it appears on your face, it can affect your hearing and vision. It may cause lasting eye damage or blindness. After the rash fades, the pain may linger for months or years ...3

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Causes of Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you’ve had chickenpox, the virus stays with you for life, hidden and inactive in your nerve cells. Your immune system helps keep chickenpox from ...4

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Causes List for Shingles

Some possible causes of Shingles or similar disorders may include:5

  • AIDS (Signs of shingles, herpes zoster, herpes zoster virus, shingles)
  • Chicken Pox (cause shingles, causing herpes zoster, herpes zoster, shingles)
  • DOCK8 Deficiency (causes shingles, shingles) ...
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Types of Shingles

Some types of this condition may include:6 Types of Shingles:

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Types of Shingles

Types may include:7

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Diagnosis of Shingles

Clinical Diagnosis: The signs and symptoms of herpes zoster are usually distinctive enough to make an accurate clinical diagnosis once the rash has appeared. However, diagnosis of herpes zoster might not be possible in the absence of a rash (i ...8

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Risk Factors for Shingles

In the general population, cases of chickenpox have decreased significantly after the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine, but even vaccinated people can experience episodes of shingles. ...Source: NIAID (NIH)9 ...

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Treatments: Shingles

To help prevent these problems, see your doctor at the first sign of shingles. Early treatment can shorten the length of infection and reduce the risk of serious complications. To treat shingles, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to help ...10

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Prevention of Shingles

Chickenpox vaccine The chickenpox vaccine became available in the United States in 1995. Immunization with the varicella vaccine (or chickenpox vaccine)—now recommended in the United States for all children between 18 months and adolescence—can protect people from getting ...11

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Research for Shingles

What research is being done? The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease ...12

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Names and Terminology

Synonym(s): Postherpetic Neuralgia, Herpes Zoster ...Source: NINDS (NIH)13 ...

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  1. Source: CDC: shingles/ index.html
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ apr2014/ feature2
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  7. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  8. Source: CDC: shingles/ hcp/ diagnosis-testing.html
  9. Source: NIAID (NIH): diseases-conditions/ impaired-immune-memory-leads-infections
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ apr2014/ feature2
  11. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ shingles/ detail_shingles.htm
  12. ibid.
  13. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ shingles/ shingles.htm

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