What is herpes zoster?

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.
Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. http://sgoti.ws/uydrn1.

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Shingles. Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash. Read more...

What are signs of herpes zoster?

Pain, rash,itching. The common word for it is shingles. It may first make itself kinown by severe pain over a given area, very puzzling to a doc. After a day or so the blotchy red rash appears and itching and pain continue until it resolves. There is no valid treatment for it. Read more...

What is the prevalence of herpes zoster worldwide and in india?

VHZ India? ± 1 million cases/year in usa and 1, 5 million cases in the european union. Couldn't find recent data for india. Try who http://www.Who.Int/en/ you can find a lot of information there. Hope it helps. Read more...

What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Chicken pox & malais. Zoster is chicken pox....Simplex is fever & malaise. Both are childhood diseases. Read more...
HZ vs HSV. HZ (Herpes Zoster) is a common form of cutaneous neuropathic pain is associated with herpes zoster infection. HVS (Herpes simplex virus) is an oral herpes causes cold sores around the mouth or face. Read more...