Shingles is a painful condition caused by the herpes zoster virus, in which a line-like rash develops around the body.

What to look for:
*  slight fever, chills, upset stomach.
*  pain and tenderness usually on one side of your face or body.
*  tingling, itching, or prickling skin followed by an inflamed red rash.
*  blisters.
*  deep burning, aching, or stabbing pain, which may be continuous or intermittent.

Shingles can last for several weeks. However, it usually only occurs once.

The pain can continue for months or even years in rare cases.

Causes and treatment

The same virus that causes chickenpox, causes shingles- herpes zoster. People who have had chickenpox are immune to this virus again unless their immune system is adversely affected by a serious illness or stress or trauma. It can occur in some people and not in others.

Traditional Treatment
Treatment can only relieve the symptoms, it cannot halt the disease. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medications for you.


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