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What's herpes zoster? how do you treat it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
About herpes zoster: The first time a person catches the varicella zoster virus, he gets a case of chicken pox. Most of the time, chicken pox is obvious. Occasionally, a person has such a mild case, he doesn't know he has it. After chicken pox resolves, the virus lives (hides) in the nerves near the spinal cord. When it comes out and infects the skin again, the virus is called herpes zoster, and the rash is shingles.

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What is herpes zoster?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
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.
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How to treat herpes zoster? Can it cause death?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Shingles : Herpes zoster is due to flaring of dormant chicken pox infection along a verve , usually not lethal but will cause intractable pain even after healing for months ( years ) very little can be done , except symptomatic treatment.

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