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What to know about shingles and its treatments

March 10, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that results from the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). 

The primary VZV infection causes chickenpox, usually in children and young adults. This highly contagious disease causes a large rash of itchy blisters. The rash typically affects the chest and back but can spread over the entire body.

Even after a person recovers from chickenpox, VZV can live in some nerve cells for several years before reactivating as shingles.

Shingles also causes a skin rash and blisters. However, a shingles rash occurs on only one side of the body, usually appearing on the face or torso.

Not everyone who gets chickenpox will go on to have shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 1 in every 3 people in the United States develop shingles during their lifetime.

There are about 1 million cases of shingles in the U.S. every year.

This article looks at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of shingles, as well as the risk factors and diagnostic process. It also explains what the outlook is for someone with shingles and when to contact a doctor.

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