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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is shingles (Herpes zoster)?

This disease is caused by the Varicella (or chickenpox) virus reactivating. It can be triggered by stress, aging, or a weakened immune system.

Symptoms of shingles (Herpes zoster)

  • Pain in the region, followed by red spots and blisters 2-3 days later

  • Symptoms started with back pain on one side only

  • Small, painful blisters

  • I am taking or have taken oral diabetes medication

  • Taking steroids

  • Multiple areas of skin redness or red spots

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

  • Back pain improves with exercise

Questions your doctor may ask to check for shingles (Herpes zoster)

  • Did you get red spots and blisters 2-3 days after the pain started?

  • Was pain on one side of your lower back your first symptom?

  • Do you have painful blisters on your skin?

  • Have you taken oral medication for diabetes?

  • Are you currently taking steroids?

Treatment for shingles (Herpes zoster)

There is no cure for shingles, but starting medications early can help speed up recovery and prevent future issues like nerve pain. Medications should ideally be started within 72 hours of your first symptom. The doctor may also prescribe painkillers.

View the symptoms of Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

  • Itchy skin

References

  • Hayward K, Cline A, Stephens A, Street L. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) during pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 Oct;38(7):887-894. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1446419. Epub 2018 Mar 22. PMID: 29565203.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01443615.2018.1446419

  • Bolton L. Herpes Zoster (Shingles). Wounds. 2018 May;30(5):144-146. PMID: 29847305.

    https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/wounds/article/herpes-zoster-shingles

  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Patient-Centered Wound Outcomes: A Literature Review. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2021 May 1;34(5):1. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000741896.24399.43. PMID: 33852468.

    https://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal/Citation/2021/05000/Herpes_Zoster__Shingles__Patient_Centered_Wound.14.aspx

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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