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What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Try wikipedia.: Seriously, there are several good descriptions of herpes zoster infections available on the internet.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.
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My friend is only 22. Is it normal for her to get.Herpes zoster in that age?
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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?
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