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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area. Typically the rash occurs in a single, wide stripe either on the left or right side of the body or face. Otherwise there are typically few symptoms though some may have fever, headache, or feel tired. however, some people develop ongoing nerve pain which can last for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia.

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Shingles, or Herpes Zoster, is a really interesting condition. In order to get shingles, you must of had chickenpox before in your life. When you get chicken pox, the VZV (the virus that causes chicken pox) virus stays in your system, and can be reactivated due to a weakened immune system. The virus reawakens, and goes through your nerves to your skin to start the rash. There is no cure for shingles, but you can take antibiotics to help prevent the spread and pain relievers to stop the pain.

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