Herpes zoster, colloquially known as shingles, is the reactivation of varicella zoster virus, leading to a crop of painful blisters over the area of a dermatome. It occurs very rarely in children and adults, but its incidence is high in the elderly (over 60), as well as in any age group of immunocompromised patients. It strikes 500,000 people per year in the United States. Treatment is generally with acyclovir. Many develop a painful condition termed postherpetic neuralgia.

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Shingles Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The signs and symptoms of shingles may include: Pain, burning, tingling, itching, numbness or extreme sensitivity in a certain part of the body A red rash with fluid-filled blisters that begins a few ...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Shingles is a second eruption of the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viru...
Source: MayoClinic

Shingles Prevention

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Prevention
... The varicella virus vaccine (Varivax) — approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995 — has become a routine childhood immunization, given between ages 12 months and 18 months. The ...
Source: MayoClinic

Shingles Treatment

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Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - Type I
... Synonym(s): Herpes Zoster Oticus What is Ramsay Hunt SyndromeType I? Ramsay Hunt syndrome type I, also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a common complication of shingles. Shingles is an infection cau...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

The Cornea and Corneal Disease
... What is the cornea? The cornea is the eye''s outermost layer. It is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Structure of the cornea Although the cornea is clear and seems to ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Shingles Support

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Neuropathic Pain
... What is neuropathic pain? Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunction...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Shingles Other

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Stellate Ganglion Block
... What is a stellate ganglion block? The stellate is a group of nerves in the neck area. A stellate ganglion block is an injection of a local anesthetic (pain-relieving medication) around this group of ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Blocking the Pain of Shingles
... Having shingles hurts. Just ask Dee Ette Schumacher, who is one of the nearly one million Americans affected by shingles each year. "The pain was intense," says Dee, who thought the pain she...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Shingles Treatment

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Treating Shingles with Acupuncture
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles for Shingles Acupuncture Points: GB 30, GB 31, GB 40, GB 43, or: GB 34, LI 4, ST 36, TW 5, ST 4, UB 38. Ear poin...
Source: Holistic Online

Treating Shingles with Aromatherapy
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles for Shingles Acupuncture Points: GB 30, GB 31, GB 40, GB 43, or: GB 34, LI 4, ST 36, TW 5, ST 4, UB 38. Ear poin...
Source: Holistic Online

Shingles Medication

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Treating Shingles with Herbal Medicine
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles Herbal Medicine for Shingles Several herbs and herbal combinations are useful in the treatment of shingles. Lemo...
Source: Holistic Online

Treating Shingles with Vitamin And Mineral Therapy
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles Vitamin And Mineral Therapy for Shingles In addition to a daily multivitamin-mineral, individual supplements may...
Source: Holistic Online

Shingles Other

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Treating Shingles with Diet/Nutrition Therapy
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles /Nutrition Therapy for Shingles Whole grains and legumes provide B vitamins that are important for nerve health....
Source: Holistic Online

Treating Shingles with Juice Therapy
... Shingles Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles for Shingles For the first three or four days, try ice for 10 minutes on, five minutes off, every few hours. Lat...
Source: Holistic Online

   

Shingles Articles

  • Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Type I Information Page
    ... Ramsay Hunt syndrome type I, also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a common complication of shingles. Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chi...
  • Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
    ... Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in the nerve tissue. As we get older, it is possible for ...
  • Shingles Information Page
    ... Shingles (herpes zoster) are an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox - the varicella-zoster virus. Early signs of shingles include burning ...
  • Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore
    ... By Evelyn Zamula In Italy, shingles also is called St. Anthony's fire, a fitting name for a disease that has bedeviled saints and sinners throughout the ages. Caused by the same varicella-zoster v...
  • Shingles: Hope Through Research
    ... When the itchy red spots of childhood chickenpox disappear and life returns to normal, the battle with the virus that causes chickenpox seems to be won. But for all too many of us this triumph of the ...

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