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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Rash


Photograph of shingles (herpes zoster)

Photograph courtesy of John Bezzant, MD. All rights reserved. Available online: http://medlib.med.utah.edu/

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a viral infection that may cause pain, burning, or a tingling sensation on either the left or right side of the body. Several days or weeks later, a band, strip, or small area of rash usually appears in the same area and progresses into blisters, which scab over before clearing up over the next few weeks.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
Last RevisedMarch 3, 2011

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