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NINDS Shingles Information Page

Shingles (herpes zoster) is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox — the varicella-zoster virus. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. Learn much more about shingles at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website.

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Wikipedia Entry on Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus causes the acute illness chickenpox, and generally occurs in children and young people. 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. Learn more about herpes zoster at Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that is written collaboratively by volunteers.

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Shingles Effective Treatments: Patient Discussions

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your shingles? Learn more about effective treatments from other patients with shingles.

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Pictures of Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

These pictures of herpes zoster are provided by DermAtlas.org, a dermatology image atlas.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Shingles

Confronting a diagnosis of shingles can be frightening, and because research changes so often, confusing. Here are some questions you may not think to ask your doctor, along with notes on why they’re important. Information provided by The New York Times.

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Tips for Caregivers

If you are helping to care for someone with shingles or PHN, you can do many things to make life more comfortable for both your loved one and yourself. This website, AfterShingles.com provides tips for caring for someone that has shingles.

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Symptoms of Shingles

Some people with shingles may feel quite ill at first, almost as though they have the flu. These symptoms—fever, headache, nausea, and chills—may be part of the prodromal stage. Shingles occurs in two stages—the prodromal stage and the eruptive stage. Learn more about the symptoms of shingles at this site.

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Risk Factors for Shingles

Who is at risk for shingles? Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for developing shingles, which is nearly all adults in the United States. See if you are at risk at ShinglesInfo.com.

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Shingles, Updated Edition: New Hope for an Old Disease

Up to 20 percent of the population are affected at some time in their lives by shingles, officially known as herpes zoster. This book shows readers how natural therapies as well as the newest antiviral drugs can hasten recovery and minimize recurrence of this painful and irritating condition.

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