What Is Herpes Zoster?

Q:
What is herpes zoster?

A:
Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area.

Typically the rash occurs in a single, wide stripe either on the left or right side of the body or face. Two to four days before the rash occurs there may be tingling or local pain in the area. Otherwise there are typically few symptoms though some may have fever, headache, or feel tired.

Keyword: herpes zoster; herpes_zoster

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