Herpes Zoster Infection
Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a condition that that most commonly occurs in people over the age of 50. It is caused by a reinfection with the same virus that causes chickenpox. This condition is often characterized by a number of symptoms, including a rash and burning pain in or under the skin. After several days of early symptoms, a rash of small fluid-filled blisters can appear on reddened skin.
Symptoms generally improve over time, but sometimes they can result in complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia. While there is no cure, certain antiviral drugs can help reduce the length and severity of the illness.
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