What is shingle?

Zoster. Shingles is a viral infection that affects a nerve. It's a very painful condition. There are antiviral drugs to take by mouth in order to shorten the duration of your illness.
Herpes Zoster. This is caused by the chicken pox virus. It affects the skin and nerves in one area on the body, only one side. If the rash and pain are on the torso, they stop at midback and midchest. Any part of the body can be affected. It could affect one side of the scalp or face, one arm, one leg, etc. Anyone who has had chicken poc can get shingles. Good treatment is available and there is a vaccine.

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What can I do for shingle pain?

Shingles. Where is it and how recent. Use antivirals, Lidoderm patch, cayenne pepper patch, neurontin, (gabapentin) occasionally opioids.

My mom is 92. She recently has a rash in her back. It looks like shingle. What she needs to do if she is not able to see the dermatologist.?

See her primary. Shingles is something that family medicine and internal medicine doctors see often and are comfortable treating. If you can't get in to see your primary, i'd have her taken to an extended hours or urgent care clinic. If shingles is treated with medicine early on in it's course (<72 hours), then that helps to prevent complications and lingering pain from the virus.
Antiviral med. She needs to take an oral antiviral such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir or Acyclovir for at least 2 weeks or until the shingles has resolved.