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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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

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