A 29-year-old member asked:
what is herpes zoster?
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Dr. Larry Lutwick answered
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Shingles: Zoster, often referred to as shingles, is a reactivation of the varicella (chickenpox) virus lying dormant in a nerve cell. When it occurs it generally begins without pain or itching in the distribution of the specific nerve and then the development of a rash in that area with small blisters. It tends to occur as a band on the torso or on the face. A vaccine exists to help prevention this.
Answered on May 13, 2018
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